I'm starting to finish my project (a nightstand), and just finished the first coat of stain (it is drying right now). I have some beginner questions, please bear with me!
1) Is stain applied to the finished, built project, or do you stain all the cut pieces and then assemble later? I've been applying it to the individual pieces and then assembling, because I wanted to make sure the stain was even, but it took a long time and I wonder if it might be faster to stain the finished piece. Should I worry about uneven staining in the nooks and crevices of my piece?
2) I have similar questions for polyurethane. I'm applying a water-based polyurethane using a brush. Do I poly the pieces individually, or do I poly the finished piece?
3) I've seen Ana describe that she does the finished piece, but how do you do all the surfaces? If I apply poly to the whole thing and letting it dry, wouldn't that lead to runs or drips on the vertical surfaces?
4) On the other hand, it seems too much trouble to poly the horizontal surfaces first, wait for it to dry, and then flip before applying poly to another horizontal surface. That would take 6 days to finish applying one coat!
Sorry if these are silly questions, hopefully I can get some answers!
Thanks in advance! This site is awesome!