I found this on my phone... Seems I did get the stock before I painted it black. Interestingly, looking at this now, I think the Birchwood Casey oil could have performed some kind of miracle on the grain as it appears here. I didn't like the way the pattern seemed blotchy and in places not even like it was the same piece of wood. What is nice here is the build up of stain in deep areas and it's this I emulated with the finished result.