In preparing the wood grain for sanding, first wipe the furniture using a sticky piece cheese cloth, tack cloth or soak a piece of cheese cloth in tung oil in order to get all the dust lifted that is specifically made to attract dirt and dust. Position the piece in a horizontal position so that you can sand in the same direction of the grain. Even though sanding tools make the job go faster, if the piece is an antique it is best to sand by hand. Scratching that is made against the grain will look terrible when stain is applied. Medium and fine grades of sandpaper are used in refinishing furniture and antiques.
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