I'm kind of embarrassed to ask, but I'm looking for a good how-to guide for finishing pine furniture. (Could also apply to baseboards and trim, so I'm hoping for an on-topic pass here.) I watched my dad do this dozens of time when I was a kid, but I never really paid that close attention.
Specific questions I have are:
- I'm planning on using a random orbital sander for prepping the unfinished wood. Do I need to worry about grain direction?
- What's the best method for applying the stain? A rag, brush, or sponge?
- What grit of sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane? Is 180 high enough?
I found this article which outlines a general how-to. Does anyone see mistakes or improvements on it? Any other hints/tips/tricks would be appreciated as well.
Here's the finished product! I finally got around to taking pictures of it. Thanks for all the advice guys - it turned out really well. I used a Minwax wood conditioner first, then a gel stain and then three coats of high-gloss poly, lightly sanding with 220 grit after the first and second coats.