Originally Posted by zkool448
I wouldn’t worry about shine since I think sometimes it’s desirable to show deep grains, much like oak where the beauty and variation in grain are to be expected...
On that note, filling the grain of red oak with lacquer is a huge pain in the ass. Red oak has hollow tubes that run the entire length of the grain. To prove this, you can use a scrap of red oak as a drinking straw. What happens is the lacquer seeps into these holes and displaces the air that was there. when this happens a very small air bubble forms in the finish. These bubbles ruin the glossy finish. There are 2 methods for preventing this from happening:
1. apply many, many very thin layers of lacquer - on the order of 25-30. and
2. take a vow to never again use red oak.
I've pretty much gone with method 2 but sometimes nothing fits the color scheme like red oak. Each time this has occurred I've sworn off method 1 again.