Yesterday I did a post on clear wax and made the suggestion that if you don't like the look you are getting from your wax, you can use a wipe on poly. I received several emails asking for more details about this.
Wipe-On Poly is a wonderful product from Minwax (I'm sure there are other brands, but I've only used this one). It is super easy to use and it gives your wood a very even finish, without some of the streaks and problems you may be having with wax. You can get it in different finishes so you can control how much gloss you want.
Basically, you shake it up and put a liberal amount of the poly on a clean, soft, lint-free cloth and rub this into the wood. Just like painting, stay with the grain of the wood and use even strokes to finish. Allow 2-3 hours to dry. If you like it leave it. If you want another coat, lightly sand with find sandpaper or steel wool and repeat.
If you are struggling with wax - remember, you don't have to use it. Try something else. Everyone has a finish that they like. If the wax isn't working for you.... let it go. This might be the finish you are looking for.