Finishing off piece.
To finish the bookcase I first applied a "Golden Oak" stain that I had thinned with about 50% mineral spirits. This allowed the stain to act as more of a wash then as a stain. The object of this application was to blend the different colored pieces of wood, and bring out the grain.
After the stain had dried for 24 hours, I started applying the oil finish. I followed steps I found online. Basic process is:
When you are sanding you are allowing the wood dust that you sand off to act as a wood fill to fill in the pores of the wood. Since the wood is of same type it becomes invisible.
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|After the stain was applied this is how shelf part looked.|
|Shot of back panel after staining.|
|Close up of stained shelves.|
|Close up of finished shelf.|