Step 1: Things You Need
- sand paper 80grit, 120 grit, 240 grit
- rubber gloves
- paint brushes
- stain of your choice
- clear finish to make it shine.
- ear and eye protection
- dust mask highly recommended
- dust brush
Step 2: Sand
I used different types of sanders. The belt sander worked best on the large surfaces w/ 80 grit, then I sanded the top by hand using 120 grit. The finishing sander worked well on the smaller areas using 80 grit then 120 grit. (watch video)
Step 3: Dust Off Then Stain
After dusting it off, I used a soft wood conditioner on it before staining. The conditioner help the stain penetrate more evenly. It only needs to be on a few minutes before staining. After the first coat, let it dry over night before applying a second coat. Lightly sand w/240 grit sand paper before applying a second coat, then let the second coat dry over night. When doing the legs, I was using mainly up-strokes vs. down-strokes. This helps prevent drips and runs.
Step 4: Finally a Clear Finish
I did 2 coats of clear finish, again allowing it to dry over night, then lightly sand w/240 grit sandpaper in-between coats. In the video when I was doing the legs, I was using up-strokes more-so-than down-strokes, this helps prevent drips and runs.