How can I get rid of this spot? I sanded and thought I had gotten rid of it. I did not use mineral spirits before applying stain. Any idea on how to get this spot to darken?enter image description here

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    That's classic stain 'stand out' and generally there's only one sure way to get the wood to absorb stain and that is to plane/scrape/sand enough material from the surface that you get below the contamination.
    – Graphus
    Commented Sep 29, 2018 at 17:12

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That's caused by some sort of contaminant getting on the surface (perhaps a glue drip?) While sanding will work, I find the best thing to do is to use a wood scraper such as these scrapers to isolate the removal of the substance to just the area (instead of the whole table).

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