In my new shop, I am far from being ready to do any serious work, so I have been experimenting some with the combination of water-based wood dyes and oil stains. The combination of the two stains can give your wood grain an appearance boost from what I read. I thought I would take advantage of this downtime in my shop to do some experimenting.
So far, frustrations reign. My normal process is to sand the wood to a very nice state and then stain. Water-based dyes raise the grain on what was a nice smooth piece of wood. So sanding is required again. This is bad.
I consulted some of the woodworkers on a Greene and Greene forum for advice and got some good responses. I am close to being ready to try another sample, so I will try some of the tips that I got from the group.
I want this to work. I have seen some of the value already from my first experiments, and I like some of what I am seeing.
I am going to include a couple of the links passed along to me for others to read as well.