My step-son is making us a coffee table. He is going to inlay some
thin stiping around the top, the apron, and the legs. It's his first
time to try anything like this. He asked me a question I wasn't sure
how to answer.
He is using red oak and he is planning on staining it a light walnut
color. The question is, what to do with the striping so that it
doesn't get stained, too.
My guess is that he should finish the piece and stain it, then route
out the groove for the striping, clean up the edges, then glue the
stiping in, then apply the finish. Is that the best way?
The alternative would be to route out the groove for the stiping and
then stain, but would the glue hold as well after the groove had been
Thanks for any suggestions.
In case it matters, the finish is to be water-based lacquer applies
with an air gun.
PS: I used to work with nitro lacquer and we always applied a coat or
two of sanding sealer before the lacquer. Is that true for the water
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