I've got all the pieces ready to stain for a pair of bird feeders made from white oak. The finish is to be dark brown.
I was originally going to use minwax but it didn't seem to get dark enough so now I'm using a sherwin williams stain. I brush the stain on....leave it for 5 - 10 mins and then wipe it off. The problem is it never seems to get dark enough. I re-apply the stain and wait for the same amount of time and it's slightly darker than before. I'm not happy with the brush application either as I think a rag is much faster.
I'm considering sanding it all off and starting over. I'm thinking of trying Trans-Tint but I have to drive 50 miles one way to be able to get some so any suggestions would be welcome.