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#1 posted 12-05-2013 03:32 PM

Do you wipe a wet rag over the wood before you stain the wood? Trees are really good at getting water from the roots to the leaves. All wood (pine especially) is a sponge that soaks up water.

I will sand a project to final grit then wipe it down with a damp cloth. That causes some of the wood fibers to absorb the water and swell up. This is called “raising the grain”. I let the wood dry completely and sand with the final grit again. Then use whatever finish I want. This way, the wood fibers that would absorb the finish have already been sanded smooth. Some fibers may still swell a bit, but it will be much easier to knock them down without ruining the finish.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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