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I'm trying to dye or stain a hickory chest and am having difficulty getting the color into the deeper grain crevaces. I've tried 1) Transtint with a drop of dish soap; 2) Transtint followed by a wash coat of shellac and a similar color stain; 3) Transtint followed by a wash coat of shellac and a Mohawk glaze. With the stain combo I get closest but still have grain that did not fill with stain; and it tended to darken the dye result anyway. I'm tempted to go simple and use a plane ole Minwax stain. I also wonder if there is a tinting produt that I can use with either a rub-on varnish or oil/poly product if possible. In any event, the priority is getting the grain to fill with either the dye or the stain. I've heard this problem discussed with oak but the hickory seems to have some long, pretty deep and narrow crevaces which are very resisting to filling with color. Please advise. Thank you.