A client wants an office suite in solid oak and black. Here is what I came up with after a few tests on extra pieces previously milled. On rift sawn red oak sanded to 120 grit I apply LV black aniline dye mixed in methyl hydrate and brush on with bristle brush. This dries very quickly and does not raise the grain. I then brush on 1# cut de-waxed shellac. This dries in about an hour and gets a very light sanding. I wipe on black pigment stain (minwax), let dry and apply wipe on poly. This yields a nice even deep black color while still showing the grain pattern but with an even color saturation.