I would like to know if there is a way to stain the end grain to match the rest of the piece. The end if exposed, for obvious reasons, is usually darker than the rest of the piece once stained. I am using the standard minwax oil based wipe on wipe off stain. I am currently using a walnut color.
Do I need to use something to pre treat the wood? Or use some other stain such as water based, gel or something else like oil?
The wood I'm currently using is pine and poplar but may also use some oak in the future.