Thanks to all contributors on this forum, I gained a lot of valuable information during this project. I completed installation of 1200 sq ft of walnut stained Hickory throughout our entire second floor. Four bedrooms and the hallway. Despite all the cursing and walking up and down the stairs to make cuts in the basement I have to say this was an enjoyable project - especially when you get to see the finished work. By the time I got to the last BR, I was able to lay the floor, install the molding, and put the furniture back in one day.
I stripped the stair railing, stained it walnut and installed off white balusters. Prior to that everything was poly'd natural oak. This weekend project is installing the stair treads.
Here are some completed pics of how it turned out. Just don't tell my wife I'm sharing pictures of of bedroom without the bed being made.
Bedroomhttp://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m50 ... G_4030.jpg
Officehttp://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m50 ... G_4032.jpg
Bonus Roomhttp://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m50 ... G_4015.jpg
Hallway MBR to Bonus Roomhttp://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m50 ... G_4039.jpg