Stain testing

After getting back from Hawaii work has been crazy but it did sand down the cutoff test peice to remove the old finish and finished with a hand block at 220.  I wetter down 2/3rds and left it to dry.

After drying I lightly sanded the right 3rd, stired it up, and brushed on a coat of stain, making sure to work it into the grain.  After wiping away the stain the results were clear.  I had read years ago that raising the grain with water caused pigment stains to work better and the results are pretty clear.  Time to let it fray and add a seal coat of linseed oil.

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