I had asked this in the long thread I had going but decided to pull it
out of there into this subject specific post.
In the other thread, someone had warned me against using tackcloth and
had advised me to make my own using old shellac. I responded with:
So, if tackcloths are out and I don't want to make my own as you
describe, what about wiping off the wood with mineral spirits, thinner,
or alcohol? Do these raise the grain and require light resanding after
use as water does? I don't like the idea of having to sand again AFTER
wiping sawdust off with water -- it seems like an endless cycle --
water -- sand -- water -- sand...