Hey Vic ... for what it is worth ... they sell pre-stain products (mostly shellac!) like this: ( I don't use as I make my own)
Hickory can be found a lot of places ...most 'popular' is Minwax https://www.minwax.c...inwax-gel-stain
Note Gel Stains are good and easy if you don't follow directions! After pre-coat seal ...wipe it on and work it in until nearly dry... then just topcoat it with a dusting of spray shellac (aerosol) ...it magically will dry the gel-stain instantly ...no waiting! The next day a coat of Helmsman (Min-wax) Polyurethane ( a Spar Varnish used on boats) ) and it will be done and ready for spilt wine or beer!
Hickory is a warm color... like a gunstock. I like lighter like Golden Oak. Danish Oil is actually not an oil per say ...it is actually a varnish. It is a good product. I would though top coat with a Spar varnish (poly) to have a durable surface.
PS You must be psyched... making what you want having the experience of use. I love mods!
Edited by buckland, 21 February 2020 - 12:49 AM.