Today we spent the class time preparing our wood surfaces for staining. Our big learning for the day was: Hide Glue!
We didn't actually use the glue for gluing, but for sealing the pores of the grain. We applied the hide glue to the wood, let it dry, then applied stain. We tried samples with a couple of different sealers and without, and in our opinion, the hide glue was always the best at smoothing out the surface.
We also got to experiment with mixing up colored stains.