A comment about Waterlox
We will be installing about 1500 sqft of white oak soon. Last week I made up a 3' x 3' sample board to play with stains and the Waterlox samples we ordered in.
Love it! Great stuff...
I mixed in the stain at a bit less than the recommended max of 4/1 for the first coat of Original, used four coats applied 24 hours apart (2 Original and 2 satin). The stuff is almost impossible to mess up (with each coat I tried to duplicate common errors like too much material, too little, dust and the rest.)
The sample board glows nicely, looks organic without too much shine and ambered up just a bit with each application.
I even like the smell as it reminds me of Dad's shop!
Sold on Waterlox with the only caveat being the time it will take to get the finish done on the entire floor (five to six days).