OP, all work was done by hand, no power sanding. The top had a crack in the seam, mortise & tenon, I use wood glue then clamped over night. Can't notice the crack at all once I did the sanding and finish. All hand sanding starting out with 120 grit to 220 grit, 400 grit 600 grit and then 1000 grit and then rubbed the wood to a smooth finish with pomace powder and volcanic ash. I made a Danish oil mixing 2 stains together and a fine linseed oil. All applied by hand using soft clean rags in 3 stages. Very time consuming, but being retired/disabled now time is what I have, besides my pipe enjoyment. Thanks for your comment.
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