The seat and shelves really warped when I cut down the 1x10 to size so now the dividers don't fit correctly. They are sitting on the crown in the middle and don't touch at the front or back so I decided to glue and tack in some supports on the sides. I am using the dividers since they are sanded down to 120 grit like everything else. I am going to sand one more of them to 220 grit to test more staining. When I stained the step stool it was only sanded to 120 and I was really happy with the way it turned out.
I put supports in for the shelves just to play it safe. I apllied glue and then just tacked them in with 1.25" brads in my nail gun.
The piece on the left is the one I flooded with a brush and let sit for 10 minutes. The one on the right I apllied the stain with a rag and just worked it in for a few seconds and then wiped right off again. It is a little liighter and less blotchy.
This is with 1 light coat of the Varathane water based poly. The directions on the can of stain said that I could apply poly after 1 hour. I waited 1.25 hours and put it on at 11:45 PM.
I lightly sanded the pieces down with 220 and then wiped them down with a clean towel and then a tack cloth.
Second coat of poly apllied at 8:20 am.