After sanding it is on to pore filling, there are as many methods of pore filling as there are luthiers, I'll be using two methods for this guitar. For the back and sides I'll be using Zpoxy brand epoxy. I've used it before and it works well under a French polish. For the neck I'll just be wet sanding with shellac.
The Zpoxy needs to dry overnight then get sanded (more sanding) then probably a second coat and more sanding to insure all the little pores are filled.
Nice thing about Zpoxy is you start to get and idea of what the finished guitar will look like
|Back & Sides First pore filling|
|High tech applicator....|