As others have mentioned...

John in NM
bright light, I like raking myself, but a variety of angles is a good plan too.

I also put a rinse of alcohol, mineral spirits, or even water over the wood before finishing. Like the first coat of finish, it will reveal things you missed. I like water in particular if I've been doing rasp work on something like a gunstock - the rasp teeth tend to compress the wood and if its then sanded flat and you go over it with a water based stain or finish you'll get raised tracks in some places where the teeth passed but you didn't sand down far enough. I believe this is what was really meant by "raising the grain"... but hell, ya can't argue with the internet so I just content myself with the belief alone :D

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