Stain and finish for parawood
Hi! I'm buying an unfinished dining table made of parawood (rubberwood) and would appreciate any info on how best to finish it.
I've done a lot of furniture stripping and sanding, but usually paint. The last time I stained anything, the only consumer products readily available were the Minwax products. I understand there's a whole lot more on the market now.
My plan is to sand lightly, stain (the goal is a mahogany color), and finish.
I've read conflicting things about staining this wood. Some sources say it stains beautifully. Other say it tends to be blotchy. Some recommend a wood conditioner, some don't. They all say that the wood is similar to oak in hardness and staining abilities.
-what has been your experience with this wood?
-any recommendation for stains (brand, oil based, water based)
-I'd like to stay within the same brand for stain and finish, so any recommendations for a finish? Hand rubbed poly? I'd like a soft, satin finish.