This project is built on pine. Always take a minute to test the stain on scrap boards to ensure the stain works well with your boards. Remember that the more rustic your boards are before the stain - the more rustic they'll look after the stain - so go ahead, use up those knotty boards that are straight but have lots of imperfections!
After you build your project, take your time and sand it
well. Sanding will not only smooth out
any splinters or rough patches, but sanding also prepares your wood for
I used 120 grit sandpaper for the initial sanding, with an orbital power sander.
Make sure you sand all areas inside and out.
Once your project has been sanded, remove all sanding residue with a brush.
You can also use a soft bristled brush on a vacuum. Then follow up with a damp rag, making sure all sanding residue is removed.