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#1 posted 12-05-2013 07:05 PM

If you are staining with water-based stuff, I definitely second what Tony is saying. Otherwise, you are getting the wood raising effect from your stain, which some people prefer (I don’t). Some oils will also cause wood to raise up a little, ruining the smoothness.

If you are wanting a polished look on unsealed, stained wood, pine probably isn’t the best choice, but just keep wetting and sanding, probably up to 600 grit. Then apply your stain, wait a day or two, then wet and sand it again, restain. May work out alright, may not. Try it on some scrap. Pine just doesn’t easily stain with a high quality finished appearance, in my experience.

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