Can I put regular Minwax stain in a wipe-on poly to create a toner? I am refinishing a coffee table. The top is a veneer and has a beautiful sort of Mahogany color. The shaped profile edges, however are poplar , in fact the entir substrate for the veneer looks like it may be poplar. Because of nicks and scratches to the edges (the poplar) over the years, I had to sand the edges of the table down to bare wood. It appeared that the color in the finish just sat on top of the wood and came off easily with a methylene chloride stripper. I have some scrap poplar that I have experimented with in trying to match the color. The poplar, of course, blotches while the top is a very even and beautiful color. I thought I would condition the poplar with minwax wood conditioner, then try to match the color as close as possible and then use toner in the wipe-on poly for both the edges and the top to try and achieve as close a match as possible. (the legs and apron just needed a good cleaning and waxing.) I have taken off all the finish from the top as well as the poplar edges and sanded the top to 220 grit. When I took the finishe from the top most of the color remained in the wood. I dont know what the top wood veneer is but it has a beautiful grain and is almost like cherry. Any suggestions, criticisms etc.?
I previously refinished the matching end table but didn’t need to sand the edges so the color of the edges and top remained the same. I used wipe-on poly with the end table and it looks satisfactory so I am comfortable with the wipe-on poly.