- Orbital was overkill, just use paper and feel wood
- Popular apparently is tough to stain b/c of uneven blotching and might need preconditioner to ensure smooth
- Perhaps two coats?
- Very helpful: https://www.minwax.com/woodworking-videos/new-featured/three-step-wood-finishing-process
- Didn’t get phased when staining looked weird.
- Also take two smallest pieces end to end and make sure it works first.
- got to trust your feelings