The hall tree has been stained! Saturday morning I sanded down the back piece that goes under the top shelf and then glued and screwed it in place. I had to drive out of town for my nephew's birthday party and by the time we got home and got everybody in bed and I got out to the garage it was 11:15 pm. I turned on the radio and the fan and got started. I wore latex gloves and used 1 lint free cloth to rub in the stain and another to wipe it smooth. When I was finished and looked up at the clock it was 1:00 am. I guess I was just in the zone. Next time I think I will use a small foam brush to get the inside corners and edges where 2 boards meet. I am also going to buy some heavier duty gloves. I tore out the end of the index finger on my right had 3 times. I plan on putting the 1st coat of polyurethane on tonight and have no idea how I am going to do it. Wish me luck!