Yes, stain. The guy who wants the table built wanted it stained. The stain he chose is acceptable IMO. It’s a Minwax stain called “Red Mahogany”.
I sanded 60 (on the feet only) then 80, 120, 180 and ended with 220 grit…all by hand. It didn’t take all that long really and I enjoyed listening to audio streaming on the computer while I worked.
I also stained the small drawer fronts. I have yet to sand the top and the large drawer.
Today I sanded and stained the large drawer and applied amber shellac to the drawer boxes. I applied one coat, let it dry then sanded with 360 and applied a second coat. I’m just learning how to apply shellac so it might not look quite right. Any advice is welcomed.
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