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Premium grade dressed pine

Hi there I'm making coffee table by using premium grade dressed pine I don't have knowledge about wood can anyone tell me couple of things

1 do I have to sand dressed pine prior stain n varnish

2. What type do stain n varnish best suit the dressed pine




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Re: Premium grade dressed pine



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Re: Premium grade dressed pine

Sanding is just one of those necessary evils for a good finish.

My tips would be -
Work along the grain.
Velcro sanding pads make life so much easier.
Random orbital works best for most things.
Work through the grades of paper. So much easier than trying to do it all on 240 grit.
Dust collection is a good idea.
Right tool for the job my 1/3 sheet sander would struggle on a table top but a 250mm sander would be overkill on the box I am currently making.
If your sanding by hand only some of it applies, you will have my sympathy though.

Quick search of Bunnies gives over 500 options.
You can cut it down a lot if you just want clear.
Pick a gloss level.
Clean up in turps or water.
High gloss finishes show up/off your sanding skills.
I am a fan of spray can finishes on small jobs, larger may have some banding where you overlap the spray.

That is my 2 cents worth.
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Re: Premium grade dressed pine

Sheet sander would be my choice also, Pine marks easily and will be magnified with stain. I have had small jobs mark easily just from turning over to sand the other side.
Wipe over with mineral spirits this will usually highlight any blemishes.
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