The table was finally assembled. I filled the cracks in the mitered corners with wood filler being careful not to over fill the area. Wood filler, like glue, can block the stain sometimes and not allow a nice finish. Once all nail holes etc. were filled and dried, everything got a sanding. I sanded the mitered corners the most to have a flat finished joint. The rest got a light sanding to prep for staining. Everything was stained with three coats of a chestnut color oil stain. I then added two coats of satin water poly. The wood still had an uneven look to the stain so I glazed everything. It helped even out the color and add some character. I gave everything two more coats of poly.
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