Like many woodworkers, finishing has never been my favorite part of any project. I know that it is my own ignorance about the subject that gives me pause. Unfortunately, despite lots of research, I have failed to de-mystify the process. My last big project was my second Hal-Taylor rocking chair. Although I was pleased with the outcome of the chair build itself, I was disappointed with the results of the finish. The chair was built from an extraordinary slab of Claro Walnut. It has some really lovely grain figure, including a fair amount of tiger striping. I expected the finish to really make it "pop". It looks okay, but it isn't the quality I expected. Frankly, it looks a little cloudy and dull. I followed the directions closely on all the products I used, which included Minwax walnut stain, followed by Cystalac grain fill, then about 5 coats of Wipe-on polyurethane. I am disappointed enough in the results that I have resolved to "refinish" the chair. I am prepared to sand it back to bare wood, and start over, but do I need to do that? Is there something I can do to salvage the finish that is already on there? If I do go back to bare wood, what would be the recommended finishing process to get that eye popping look and visual depth of the grain that Sam Maloof's chairs were always known for. I've got some spare wood left from this project that I could try some different methods on.