I think i already know the anser to this, but i'll put it to greater minds than mine for some advice. I stayed up too late last night trying to get some built-in cabinetry done before the onslaught of houseguests over Thanksgiving. The cabinetry is done and installed, and i made the tops yesterday. Last night i filled some nail holes and did final sanding. Then i sealed with a 1-1/2 lb cut of shellac. I rubbed it down with #0 steel wool and applied the first coat of stain - Minwax mahogony. The top is baltic burch with a southern yellow pine solid edge and molding (to match the 92 year old molding in the rest of the room). I found that a spit coat of shellac, followed by two passes with the stain, another coat of shellac, and two coats of poly match the original pretty well.
At any rate, when wiping off the excess stain, i noticed some areas where the seal coat didn't quite soak in - the dark mottled look as if i hadn't sealed it at all. Now, it gets another coat of stain, so the blotching will be less pronounced, but it's still unacceptable in my book. I can't imaging i'll be able to get it out. Is there a fix other than taking it down to bare wood and veneering over it?
Thanks in advance.