there are two basic types of wood conditioner, Mineral spirit types and water based types. If you use a water based conditioner it will raise the grain on most woods and a 0000 steel wool pass will take it off. I use a 25% shellac to 75% mineral spirits and let it dry for a day or two, sand it with 600 wet/dry and mineral spirits. wipe it down and let it dry, then apply the stain, wipe it on and rub it out right away if it is too opaque/ or thin it out with mineral spirits and adjust tints to reach desired tint/ darkness. Just remember you can always sand if out and start over. Experiment and have fun with it.
Nice photos, are you liking it as much as we are? nice job
Last edited by 50of4064; 08-22-2010 at 06:25 AM.