Refinishing oak kitchen cupboard doors

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Blog entry by Marius posted 03-03-2010 04:14 AM 1042 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Refinishing oak kitchen cupboard doors, bro in law wants them down to the wood… does anyone have tips other than many hrs of sanding with 180grit??
i ONLY have 25 doors …
(remove varathane ) or the factory finish

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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Dave Pearce

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 04:54 AM

Cabinet scraper? Still sounds like a heckuva lot of work regardless.


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#2 posted 03-03-2010 05:06 AM

I second what Dave says. You may also want to use a bench plane. Just make sure you sharpen the iron. It’ll be a lot faster than sanding.

-- Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 05:14 AM

I used a gel stripper on my doors, after taking them off applying the stripper hosed them off and used a scrub brush to get in the grooves and wash off all the stripper. Let them dry a couple of days and hand sanded all of them.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 06:10 AM

a hand plane …oak…ill do all the highest flat sides with that v-drum sander …..when it gets here…

i got some of that gell stuff, got to wait 1 hr…...but then it took me 1hr 15min to do one small door…......23 to go :(

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 06:21 AM

Yea it took allot of time, I had 22 doors, 18 drawer fronts and face frames, good luck.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 07:49 AM

Use a sand blaster with walnut blasting media, turn the air pressure all the way down to the min pressure to operate, and don’t stay in one place too long, if there are alot of details do the details first then stay away from them as the blaster can eat them up pretty quick. I used it on a couple doors and it worked really good and extremely fast 24”x24” door in 15 min (both sides) just use a junk trim piece to setup on because I used a good door to start before it was tuned and it did some damage ate right through the veneer panel QUICK.

-- Potential is limited only by imagination

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#7 posted 03-03-2010 05:50 PM

Talk to your bro in law and see if he would like to go for a dip, A hot dip that is. With that many doors, it might be more cost and time efficient to have them commercially hot dipped to strip. They do a heck of a job here and the amount of time you save gives you a chance to have the face frames done by the time the doors get back. Just my $0.02.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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