Ok – the top is now sanded back down. Current problem:
- Sides of inlay groove – where the stain got into the grooves – soaked into the exposed end grain. This has created an “outline” in places along the inlay.
- By the way – the darker “discolor” is only mineral spirits not quite dried
The top is sanded back down to 220. Used mineral spirits to whisk off last of dust.And the next tasks:
- 2 coats of 1/2 lb cut dewaxed shellac as a sealer for blotch.
- This also has to be done to the parent table base before staining
- Carefully coat the inlay with waxy shellac to prevent stain from sticking to the inlay
- This will have to be tested on working sample
- Glue inlay into second table top (nested)
- Seal top (base pre-sealed before glue-up to aid squeeze-out clean-up)
-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success