We have learned that some folks prefer to apply a coat of Lin-Speed then sand the piece with 600 grit sand paper while the product is still wet. This creates a paste of sawdust and Lin-Speed. Go over the whole piece (except for checkered areas) using this method, and then let the paste dry on the stock over night. This will not be a thick paste. The piece will appear cloudy in appearance over all. After it has dried over night — it still may feel a bit tacky but that is OK — take the paste down with triple zero steel wool lubricated with regular boiled linseed oil all the way down to the wood, and then wipe the piece off with paper towel. This method, if used, should be done on the first application.