I started staining my boards today. Didn’t like the way the first one went on but fixed it later. Figured out the secret to putting it on. Put on enough that there is no chance it will start drying before you can wipe it off. Then use a nice wide cloth to wipe it off.
Lest ye think I just nap between coats, maybe a little, but I have been color sanding and touch up painting the bed.