I'm building a kitchen for some folks with Euro steamed beech that is going to be stained a red mahogany color. I'm using Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain, and though the color looks good, there is some blotchiness. What can I do to minimize this? Would spraying on a diluted coat of shellac seal coat and then applying the stain help? I would like to keep the solution simple and fairly inexpensive.
From contributor J:
One thing I do for blotchy woods in general is apply a clear stain base (ML Campbell Woodsong) to the piece first. Once dry I follow up with the actual stain. It's not 100%, but does help a lot.