I put 2 coats of stain on (and wiped them off!) yesterday and the color still isn't as DARK as we'd like it. We're awfully close to matching the bookcases, so I think one more coat will do the trick.
I'd like to be putting the first coat of polyurethane on tonight in order to meet the strict deadlines Nat has imposed. After all, we still have the family room mantel to get done before Thursday! Yikes!