watco danish oil fruitwood on maple

Watco Danish oil fruitwood, according to there website maple tends to blotch, I've never done a Danish oil finish before, is there an easy way to keep this from happinging? I'm looking for a dark even reddish finish should I use a sanding sealer like DEFT Lacquer sanding sealer? Most stuff I've done used Minwax stain and poly or watco wax, would I be better off using stain and then lacquer?
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I've stained soft maple with a water based stain and had good luck with it. You will get a little raising of the grain, but it's easy to cope with.

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Why are you using maple if you want it dark red?
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Maple will tend to blotch, even hard maple. I am working a small project right now that has some maple. I treated with MinWax pre-stain conditioner and still got a little bit of unevenness in a spot. I recommend a thorough treatment with a pre-stain conditioner or mineral spirits before staining.
Curious - what are you building from maple that is going to be that dark (even more critical for blotching)? Could you get by with Birch at less cost - but probably more blotching?
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