Here’s a good way to elevate small panels or projects while applying finish. I drill a grid of 3/8″-diameter holes in a piece of scrap plywood and stick pencil erasers in the holes. The erasers suspend your workpiece so you can finish around the edges, and the soft rubber tips won’t scratch the wood or newly applied finish. Reposition the erasers as needed to suit the shape of the part you’re finishing.
– Leland Keller