How many times have you smoothly finished new wood, only to have the grain raised by stain, paint, or varnish? Here's how to bust that fuzz.

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How many times have you smoothly finished new wood, only to have the grain raised by stain, paint, or varnish? Before you apply the first coat of finish, wipe down the entire project with a damp sponge or cloth. Allow the wood to dry, then remove all the fuzz with fine steel wool or sandpaper. (Be sure to use a clean tack cloth to remove the sanding dust before applying stain or finish to ensure smooth results.)

—From the WOOD® magazine shop