Natural bristle brush
Medium and Fine Grit Sand Paper
I started with a project just built using brand spanking new pine boards. I sanded the project starting with medium grit sandpaper, working in the direction of the wood grain.
Satisfied with the sanding, I vacuumed all sanding dust up from both the project and workstation, and then quickly wiped the project down with a slightly damp cloth just to make sure I got everything.
Then I applied Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner with a foam brush to the project. I let the wood conditioner soak in for about 15 minutes before beginning to stain.