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David is spot on. Dye is the way to go. I personally like Transtint dyes since the same dye can be used in either alcohol or water as a solvent and you can use it to color tint your topcoat. If you go with the Transtint, you'll definitely want to seal it before you add anything else on top. I like to seal the dye with shellac. I'd try the dye, followed by garnet shellac, then lacquer (light sanding between topcoats).

I don't know that any of this will make it look like a robber baron's mahogany…it is after all still pine. However, this finishing schedule has succeeded in allowing me to make poplar look pretty darn close to Rosewood.
 
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