“Just slap some stain and clear coat on the work piece and you will be done with it.” But really, is that all it takes in order to finish your projects? Sliding stain, paint, oils, etc… on the wood with any applicator handy, then letting it dry? No Way!
It definitely takes a few times of working with a finish, especially one that you haven’t used before, before you get it down pat. Also, keep in mind much of the perfection in a finish comes from preparation, not just application. So what prep work needs done before hand in order for the end result to look great?
These simple tips in this video will go a long way. The table that the woodworker from This Old House finishes turns out like something that you would find in a furniture store. Apply what you see here and you will be on your way to having a professional finish with much or all of your work as well.