Pete in Holland MI
Have been playing with some ambrosia maple recently. On your next piece, try this for a finish:
1) Give it a light wiping of boiled linseed oil & allow to sit for a few hours.
2) Coat it with shellac based sanding sealer & de-burr a few hours later ( I use my vacuum chuck and steel wool)
3) Apply a coat of wipe on poly. It will take an extra day to dry. Deburr, then wipe on a final coat.
The oil really darkens the dark streaks and the browner wood surrounding them. Makes the strips more dramatic.