I am making a sewing chest for my wife from soft maple. I tested a few of the boards using a MinWax oil stain, and there was considerable blotching. I would appreciate a recipe, including the type and manufacturer of stain, or how to minimize the blotching and to get a more even color. I am thinking about a dye stain, but I have no experience with dye. I tried the MinWax pre-stain conditioner on a previous yellow poplar project, but I was not enthralled by the results (yes, I did follow the directions explicitly). I have heard about using a wash coat of shellac, but again, I have no experience with this.
I know that this question has been asked a thousand times, but I would appreciate a recipe from those that have experience with this situation.