I'm currently removing the black laquer from an old Peavey Fury. I want to give the poplar body a nice translucent finish in a reddish brown tint. My plan is to sand it down after removing the paint, perhaps burn the wood some, and then stain it and give it a waxed finish. The body looks like it's a single slab of wood. I was thinking coffee and red food coloring might work, but I'm getting lost in googling. Any advice on what to use to make something that would work? I'd rather make it myself than buying. I have boiled linseed oil, tung oil, mineral spirits et cetera. How do I go about making a pigmented oil? Can I mix oil with strong coffee and food coloring? Will mineral spirits do any good as a thinner?