Looking To Stain a “This End Up” Bookshelf – Looking for some tips, please!

Hello everyone,

I fancy myself as an excellent painter, but I have little experience staining wood.

I watched this vid on Youtube for some tips and pitfalls of wood staining. I will be sure to take these tips to heart: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfeAxUfoEdE](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfeAxUfoEdE) Learned from that video that stains can “blotch”. I want to avoid doing this so I can avoid having to sleep in the garage 🙂

My partner wants me to stain my old, trusty 10-year old This-End-Up bookshelf with black wood stain so it matches the other furniture in the room: [https://imgur.com/a/kkuhZP6](https://imgur.com/a/kkuhZP6) (my little nephew’s toolbox is in one of the shelves :-))

I realize “standard” wood STAIN itself does not have a protectant in it, unless it has polyurethane “built-in”.

What do you guys think about using a Oil-Based Interior Stain and Polyurethane “all-in-one”, INSTEAD of using a stain and then adding a separate protectant?

* I found this stain+protectant all-in-one in “Espresso”. This appears to be black like I need. Any thoughts on how “well” this works? [https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Espresso-Satin-Oil-Based-Interior-Stain-and-Polyurethane-339591/305501406](https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Espresso-Satin-Oil-Based-Interior-Stain-and-Polyurethane-339591/305501406)
* The stain “only”: [https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Black-Classic-Wood-Interior-Stain-349558/308350340](https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Black-Classic-Wood-Interior-Stain-349558/308350340). If I were to go this route, I’m not sure what sort of “protectant” I could use?


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