Yep, I do what Vaughn is describing, I use a product called "Lacquer Sanding Sealer" it is, to my understanding, a lacquer finish, with more solvent than normal lacquer, so it flashes off real fast and it is about half the price of normal lacquer. On some wood, I need to do a good dozen coats to get the surface level, on others 4 or 5, it also depends on what you want. If you are going to go for a hand rubbed or polished surface, you need to make sure everything is real smooth, no low, half filled pores
A bit of work, but it works well, and the sanding sealer is really quick, 5 minutes to wait before you can sand.
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