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Whitewood sometimes called SPF (Spruce Pine Fir) just needs to be sanded to a finer grit. If you would sand to 220 grit sandpaper and wet the wood with water and raise the grain between sandpaper changes it should finish as smooth as any other wood. If you are having trouble with the wood getting rough when using water based polyurethane, raising the grain of the wood prior to finishing will will help. Then when you finish you just have to sand the roughness out of the finish for the first several coats with 220 grit sandpaper. The finish just raises the grain more than other finishes and it's thin so it takes more elbow grease to get smooth. Another option would be to use a de-waxed shellac such as zinsser sealcoat for the first coat. You still have to sand the sealcoat but it doesn't raise the grain very much since it is a shellac.
 

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Don't forget that the wood will be pretty "wet" when ya buy it. Got a moisture meter?
More often than not, the whitewood is "squirrley" lumber meaning that the squirrels were playin' in it a week ago.:icon_smile:
Unless it is acclimated well, the wood will move all over the place until it dries more.
Bill
 

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Don't forget that the wood will be pretty "wet" when ya buy it. Got a moisture meter?
More often than not, the whitewood is "squirrley" lumber meaning that the squirrels were playin' in it a week ago.:icon_smile:
Unless it is acclimated well, the wood will move all over the place until it dries more.
Bill
You are right ...:yes:
 
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