My mother asked me to refinish one of her tables. Alas I do not entirely know what I am doing. She said thats ok it cannot look any worse than it does now. Which is %100 true. So I figure I sand it down and run through the grades "O" sandpaper. I will finish wet sanding at 2000 and leave it in my garage (I live in AZ and it gets very, very hot and dry in my garage) so all the water from wetsanding is out of the wood. Then I will stain it with something other than Minwax. I swear the only thing that stuff is good for staining is my underwear. After all that I will put some form of clear coating on it. Questions: In order from greatest comcern to little or no concern What if anything should I put on after the stain? (please be very specific) Should I use some kind of stain conditioner? How many coats of stain and clear coat should I use? Should I sand with #0000 steel wool after every coat of stain and/or clear coat? Can I sand clear coat with 8000 grit sandpaper? Do you like Turtles?