need advice: staining cherry tabletop
I have stripped and begun staining a dining room tabletop that is cherry veneer. (I'll post before and current photos below) Before stripping the leaf was a very different shade of cherry. I was hoping that the top would be the same color after staining, but it is still slightly different. The leaf remains more brown than the rest of the table. Aside from going with a very dark stain, is there anything else I can do to get them to match up more? Or is that just the nature of cherry? (Or is it likely that I am the only one who will notice?) If I did stain over it with a darker stain (ie. General finishes Brown Mahogany) would the leaf match up more with the rest of the table? The difference is more noticeable in person than in the photo. I am using General Finishes Candelight gel stain - which is I am really enjoying working with.