We purchased a raw wood table and we are in the process of staining it, along with six chairs. The lady at the store advised us to use oil based stain because apparently water based stain dries very quickly. So we started to sand the wood with 120 sand paper and then finished everything with 200 sand paper. Before staining, it looks like that:
After the application of stain, it looks like this:
Not bad at all! Now, on to the caoting layer(s).