Before You Stain

1 Brush on glue size to evenly seal the wood. Saturate the surface and then remove the excess by brushing with the grain.

A. FILL GAPS and stabilize loose knots with epoxy. Tape over the knot on the back side of the board, so the epoxy can't leak out.

B. SAND WITH A BLOCK angled across the growth rings. Because of the difference in hardness between the ear-lywood and late-wood, bridging as many rings as possible helps to keep the surface level.

C. PREEMPTIVE GRAIN-RAISING is a must-do for all water-based finishes. After you've finished sanding, dampen the surface, to raise the grain. When the surface is dry, sand lightly with 400-grit sandpaper.

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