wood staining techniques

Can someone describe the basic pros/cons between minwax regular wood stain and then applying polyurethane...stain with polyurethane included (poly...and the new water based minwax stains ? I'll be staining some wood veneer and also casing/baseboard moldings.
Thanks TR
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There's a woodworking NG that has a lot of well informed people in it.
My minor experience is using oil based wood stain, then applying polyurethane. That way, you have more control over the stain color, and then can apply one or more coats of poly. to brighten and toughen the surface without affecting the stain color.
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rec.woodworking may be the newsgroup referenced and has a lot of experienced and inexperienced posters Another resource is www.refinishwizard.com forum where questions are answered by knowledgeable people mostly in the trade.
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Using a separate wood stain offers more color choices and more control over producing an even color.
Using a poly with stain in it is faster.
Water-based products can raise the wood grain, but also less fumes and easier cleanup.
In any event, it's all about preparation. Test a sample first if you are particular about the color/shade.
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