Finsihing some birch doors and rough sanded with a random orbital sander and 100 grit paper. The plan is to stain these and then top coat with various shades of shellac to match the existing doors in my house.
I think I'll take it to 150 or 180 grit but want to know if I'll get better stain results if I block sand (vs. random orbital power) in the direction of the grain. The grain isn't very directional (I think one is white birch and one is red birch):
This one's been sanded quite a bit more since the pic has been taken.
What do you think?