Thank you, Henry! Your message has given us renewed courage and since we had inexperienced workers doing it we were unhappy with the results. At this point we were debating whether to live with it or spend the time to do it again and your message has given us some useful info. Plus, we are a lot more educated about the process now.
Whilst reading other messages on this newsgroup, I realized that the stain gave us darker results than we expected and someone said that the older wood produces darker results, so this time around we will use a natural stain.
Thanks again and God bless you for sharing your knowledge!