Well, I did another coat and it ended up looking worse! Didn't absorb much more either. I sanded the whole table down to bare bones again. UGH! I am afraid I am not going to have a table left since I have restained and sanded so much. I am close to throwing in the towel because the wood condition is getting worse. I should have quit while I was ahead way back, but here I am. I could try redoing again, but only sand to 220 which is what I should have done in the first place. I am battling black blotches and uneven stain vs. even stain with fine sanding, but minimal stain absorption. I feel like I am completely nuts for keeping at this for so long. I am so frustrated and worn out. I believe one of the pieces of wood on the top may be fir and the other 2 pine which makes things more difficult.
Last edited by RNrunner; 02-12-2020 at 04:45 PM.