I’m a complete neophyte with woodworking but I want to build a guitar. I have a southern yellow pine body and I’d like a more or less natural finish but I’m confused by all the information online (“you have to grain fill” “don’t grain fill pine,” “use danish wood” “don’t use danish wood” etc. etc. “Use alcohol to raise the grain” “sand to 220” “sand to 1200.”) You get the picture. So what I’m looking for is a natural finish but darker than it is right now – the pine is very bright -. I don’t want a satin finish, but I don’t want to stain it or make it high gloss either. I just need to know the steps I need to take after I finish sanding with 220. What’s next? How best to get the finish I envision?
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