I need some help on behalf of a friend. During the summer I helped a friend build a Hi Fi stand that he designed. Upfront I told him I would help him all the way to the finishing point but that is where he had to take over since this finishing thing is not my strong point. Well we cut, glued and assembled the unit (oops no pictures) all made from maple veneered plywood. He recently set about finishing it. His desire is to make it black. I advised him to avoid blotching to first cover it with some sort of shellac. He found a wood conditioner at the local HD. He has applied that and then set about staining the unit with a black stain. He has put several coats of stain on and its not getting any blacker if one understands what I mean. He would like it so black its like ink. Had originally recommended to him to use India Ink but he chose stain. Before he goes and ruins the stand is there any advice i could get on how he could make this stain go darker. The stain he is using is miniwax and solvent type. I thought perhaps a gel stain would get darker. He has already applied 3 layers and is not happy with how dark it is.
Thanks in advance for any tips.