I took the track out of the press and mounted the rail on it. I was disappointed that the ties did not hold to the boards as tightly as the non-stained ties did. Then I remembered that on this set of ties, I applied the pre-stain material that is suppose to stop the stain from absorbing to deep into the wood. Anyhow, a couple of the ties popped off when I was nailing on the track. I need to go back to the store and see if I can find a water based stain so that the oil based stain does not interfere with the glue. I should have thought about the oil based stain affecting the glue before. Below is a picture of the the two prototypes. The left hand side is oak with unstained poplar ties, and the right is oak with stained poplar ties. I think the stained ties will look a lot better when all is said and done.