Pretty much every oil based stain I've tried leaves the wood blotchy, even with careful prestaining treatment. Minwax's wipe on poly gives a nice but somewhat plain look to the wood. Zinser's amber shellac produces a deep yellow tone, but again, fairly plain.
This afternoon, I was experimenting with wax only over bare wood. Johnson's paste wax darkens the wood a bit, but not much. Howard's Feed-n-Wax actually gives the wood a very nice, honey-pine tone, and brings out the grain in the wood without blotching. By fair, the nicest finish I've been able to get. I'll leave it overnight after a few coats, to see how much it lightens.
My question: Is using wax only as a finish commonly done? This is for a display cabinet that will bed handled often. Will the wax finish need to be reapplied too often to make such a finish practical?
Thanks in advance for experience and thoughts.