I applied the stain as per the directions, waited 5 minutes then rubbed it off. It dried overnight.
I applied the finish generously, waited 10 minutes, then rubbed it off, waited 24 hours then reapplied. 24 hours later I still an able to rub a little color off on a white cloth. I tried rubbing with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits, but did not seem to be able to get rid of the color.
The piece is a mix of birch veneer plywood and sugar pine. It seems that the problem is worse on the plywood. It has been a little humid and the temperature is in the 80s.
My questions are whether I could expect the situation to improve on its own as more drying/curing happened or whether I have to take active measures? And how long should I have waited after staining?