Apply coat after coat of the finish material (lacquer or varnish), and sand between each coat. During the sanding, you remove the finishing material from the high spots and leave the material in the low spots. Eventually, the low spots will be built up to create a glassy smooth finish. This type of finish can be done without staining, so that the original color of the wood is retained, or you can stain before applying the first finishing coat, if you do, be careful not to sand too much or you may take off some of the stain and cause uneven coloring.
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