This is the third and last (for now) of my series of posts concerning the refurbishing of the new maplewood table i just bought, and for which i want to redo the varnish.
I know the polishing step, after applying a varnish on wood, is often disregarded by some newbie hobbyists, which generally just apply two-three of varnish (while sanding slightly between coatings to increase adherence of the varnish), and then consider the job done.
However, i know that the proper way to achieve professional results is to somehow polish the surface after it has been varnished. I've got a couple of questions about the polishing step. Should i polish only after the last coat of varnish has been applied, or should i polish the suface between each coat of varnish? Should i do some sort of polishing after the stained the wood (before applying the varnish), to even out the irregularities in the staining job? I remember the only time i applied stain on wood, i did it with a pieces of kitchen cloth, and the result was pretty uneven...... Is it because i did a bad job or because i didn't somehow polish the stained wood?
Also, what kind of fabric or material should i use for this polishing step? I mean, what kindda of material should i get to attach to my sander/polisher to do the polishing job?