In order to improve my skills, I made a prototype of a decorative box using a secondary wood (poplar). The prototype came out so well that I’ve decided to put some thought into finishing it. I know that stain will result in blotching. I was going to simply use oil and then a wipe on varnish. This will result in a very light colored finish. I would prefer to use a dark stain, however I’m concerned about the blotch. I’m wondering what others might think about a method to finish this box?