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#1 posted 09-23-2012 02:58 AM

Really Really good suggestions!

Until I read this post, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a card scrapper. You learn something every day!

As far as using one, gfadvm is right – there has to be something to grab onto. There is just nothing to get a purchase on. I’ll go ahead and remind how hard this finish is one more time. My random orbital sander with a 40 grit disk just barely manage to scratch up the finish. It didn’t remove anything noticeable after 5 minutes of sanding.

Granpa Len – You may have saved me from some awful lung disease. I have a good respirator I’ll use. I’ll try to hook the sander to my shop vac as well. I have been sanding out doors.

Hey Joe, What brand of chemical stripper do you like to use? I’d like something a little more aggressive and the gels they sell at the box stores only go so far.

As far as turning this flooring into useable stock, I really feel my problem was solved with the 18 X 3 belt sander. I did notice a couple of low spots in the wood when I got down to 150 grit sanding so I had to start over with 40 grit. I know what I did wrong on that count and I can avoid it in the future.

This board was the worst one of the lot so I experimented on it with the HF belt sander. It’s all kinds of warped. It only took 5 minutes to strip the finish. I’d say that was plenty fast for my purposes. Plus I’m pretty durn patient when it comes to trying to get the best look out of the wood. I didn’t say GOOD mind you, just patient. ;)

I have to ask your opinions on this, how could I NOT invest the time into the wood. It’s incredible! Really it is! Just ask me. :)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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