It is my understanding that softwoods like pine and fir must be
conditioned before staining. What is wood conditioner made of
and is there any substitute?
I guess shellac would seal the wood so it wouldn't be
conducive to staining to be used in lieu of the wood
conditioner. So if you weren't staining, one could
use shellac prior to putting on a poly. Is that right?
TIA for your comments,
P.S. I'm building my first table out of white pine and spruce.
This is mainly for a learning experience but my daughter
was looking for an 18" by 60" hall/sofa table for an
alcove. So if it doesn't come out very well, it will
be well hidden, ha!