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I agree with Bob. There are a variety of products, but I see no problem using solvent based stain under solvent based varnish. There are water based stains that claim to be OK with oil based finished and vice versa, but I would never thake the chance. Minwax has two lines of stains. One is a water based stain, the other is an oil/solvent based stain. The oil/solvent based stain is actually called "Wood Finish" and comes in many colors. I don't know why they call it a finish, it's just stain. I have a can of every color they make and often mix different colors together when it's necessary to match an existing piece. I sometimes get close, but an exact match is virtually impossible. This is especially true when trying to match veneer plywood to solid wood. The nice thing about mahogany is that it "ages" fairly quickly to that dark, rich brown. Frankly, I think the beauty of wood is in the color variation. I guess what I'm trying to say is to consider not staining the wood at all.
PS.... Minwax Red Mahogany stain is quite red.. It may look like the color of commercial red mahogany furniture, but it doesn't look like real mahogany to me.