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#1 posted 09-21-2012 04:06 AM

Wow – fantastic information! It never would have dawned on me that this finish would defeat planer blades. It makes sense that it will take a super aggressive sander to strip the finish off. A drum sander is on my wish list as Is a
good table saw. I have been planning to upgrade the table saw first. Right now I’m going to put the table saw ahead of a good belt sander as well. I wouldn’t trust my current harbor freight table saw to slice the finish off. My cheapo saw has the worst fence imaginable. That leaves me with a bit of a delay before I can use this beautiful wood. That’s ok for now. The wood will wait for me.

A couple of other items. I considered using the wood as is. I had 2 projects in mind for the immediate future. One of them could actually use the current finish. I’ll keep that in mind.

The other thing is – using a chemical stripper did next to nothing except to take a little surface glaze. That is something at least but it takes a lot of expensive stripper for the little bit of finish it takes off.

Lumberjocks, you all are awesome! You quite litterally saved me from a huge disappointment. I can not thank you enough.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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