Help restaining table top.

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Forum topic by Pocky posted 06-23-2015 08:16 PM 403 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2015 08:16 PM

Hi everyone. Total newbie here, I’ve never really done much wood working. I thought I would ask some guys who know what they’re doing before I mess my table up.

We picked up this table for $75 because it’s discontinued. I know it’s not the best quality table top since it says “Table top: Solid beech, Particleboard, Oil-acrylic, Solid beech” the rest of it is solid wood though. Does this mean that particle board is sandwiched between pieces of beech wood? It says 1/8th inch thick.

Anyway, I figure sanding it is probably a bad idea since it’s so thin. I wanted to restain/recolour it darker. What’s the best way to do this while retaining a good finish that would be resistant to normal kitchen/dining wear and tear? It says it’s Oil acrylic. If I don’t plan to remove the old layer on top, what can I use that’s compatible?

I did some reading and should I be using a wipe on poly if I just want to darken it?

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#1 posted 06-23-2015 08:37 PM

I would say that your assumption is correct. But sanding it shouldn’t be that big of a problem if you’re careful about it. 1/8” is quite a bit of veneer. Start with 120 and work up from there.

As far as the finish… a kitchen setting, wipe-on poly would be ok. If you’re worried about water stains you might go with water-based spar urethane.

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