So this will show my wood working inexperience, but for my current build I want to try to achieve a strong black stain but where you can still see the grain lines. I don't really mind how they are emphasized, as long as you can see them. The finish I had thought about is grain filling, sanding it back to smooth, staining the wood to black, and then clear coating somehow. I'm assuming the black stain will show up the grain fill rather than hide it? The things I'm not sure about are what to grain fill with and what to clear coat with. The restrictions I have though is that the process has to be reasonably home friendly so nitro is out. I had thought about zpoxy for the top coat? Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?