I like to watch the Woodsmith show on PBS. This past week or so they made a box with curly maple and dyed it and it had black ends. I am about to make a box somewhat like it for my Korean daughter for her birthday. I decided to use walnut on the ends instead of dying them black. Is there a light color of dye to use that will look good with the walnut and bring out the curly in the maple? I am probably going to use a high gloss lacquer for a top coat.