The orange has equalized it with a warming color. The sapwood was stained dark at that time but has now faded to beige.
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If you look carefully you can make out a sapwoodheartwood boundary swooping down from the top right of the test scrap to the lower left corner.
How to stain walnut sapwood. Apply an oil based gel stain on top of the sealer. I have made around 500 jewelry and trinket boxes and have stained some for just that reason. Wipe on green dye to decrease red for.
Most of the walnut we buy has been wet steamed a process that turns the very light sapwood into something that approximates the darker and more desirable heartwood. But if you stain with walnut stain the sapwood will tone down but it is still lighter unless you stain that section again. We may stain plain light colored wood but usually we leave dark wood natural.
Apply your clear finish of choice. Bother with dyes labeled walnut buy red blue yellow and black water soluble dye powder and custom mix a sapwood. Equalizing walnut sapwood and heartwood.
Wipe it on wipe it off. In addition the pores in the sapwood are dark probably stain or filler residue. We gradually adjusted the color of the dye by adding drops of blue and black to reach the purplish gray hue of kiln dried walnut.
The two brown patches are tests of general finished black walnut stain. The same with cherry or any wood that has sapwood on it. Apply a very diluted dye in a color of your choice to the entire piece heartwood and sapwood.
I want to color the sapwood to better match the heartwood before i refinish. Which may show the difference. The beige wood with dark pores looks pretty ugly.
Walnut can be the exception to that rule largely because of the way it is processed. Seal the wood with a light coat of sanding sealer or shellac. I would only stain one time.
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