Brian is correct as usual. You should stain before oiling or varnishing; the stain needs to seep into the grain first.
I will only add that if you can get the stain close and you finish your pieces with Cetol Natural Teak it should look very close. This finish adds a nice amber hue to the wood.
Sailingwebguys finish looks pretty good in that cabin photo. Birch and Okume are both pretty light woods.
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