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Forum topic by erika1 posted 10-21-2015 01:23 PM 556 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2015 01:23 PM

How do I sand this is? The grain goes all different directions!


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#1 posted 10-21-2015 01:44 PM

It looks like you have at least one coat of finish on. Grain direction doesn’t really matter. I usually sand the first coat by hand lightly with 320,400 grit. second coat I’ll go to 600 grit wet or dry and then see how finish looks before deciding what grit to use after that. My finish is always hand sanded.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 10-21-2015 01:48 PM

First off, is that a veneered piece? If so, you’ll want to be careful about sanding through. What are your goals with this, staining, just refinishing, etc? ROS with a sanding sponge for the edge profiles could work. You may also consider a chemical stripper, but I’m not sure how/if that would effect the veneer?

Edit : Are you looking to sand to level the finish, or to remove it?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 01:48 PM

If you’re trying to sand the finish OFF use a random orbit sander. If you’re trying to sand between coats of finish then sand in the direction of your brushwork.

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#4 posted 10-21-2015 01:55 PM

I was told it was oak. I want the finish off. I am planning on staining it.

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#5 posted 10-21-2015 01:59 PM

You are probably better off stripping the finish and then sanding VERY lightly to avoid going through the veneer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-21-2015 02:00 PM

A random orbit sander would be the way to go. But like Ed said, if it is veneer you will have a hard time taking all the finish off without sanding all the way through it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-21-2015 02:04 PM

Im not an expert but I dont think its veneer. Its rock solid and heavy as crap.

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#8 posted 10-21-2015 02:22 PM

Card scrapers

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#9 posted 10-21-2015 02:49 PM

Mix some stain with poly and mineral spirit, brush it on and wipe off after a few minutes or use polystain.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#10 posted 10-21-2015 02:53 PM

It’s veneer. I would use a chemical stripper then sand lightly.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#11 posted 10-21-2015 03:05 PM

Well crap if its veneer I will just use chalk paint or just throw it away

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#12 posted 10-21-2015 03:29 PM

It make by rock solid and heavy as crap because it is veneer over some sort of MDF or ply or something. Or, it may be veneer over a solid piece of wood. Either way, I doubt it is a glue up of a bunch of pieces in that configuration. I would think the wood movement would cause cracking.

Flip the table over, what does the bottom look like? Or, if there are screws holding the top to the legs/apron, pull them out, and see what the inside of that top look like. Drill a small hole in the bottom, and see what dust comes out. Number of ways to see what you have there, but my bet is veneer.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#13 posted 10-21-2015 03:34 PM

There is no reason to throw it out. It looks nice strip it and stain it. See what it looks like then. There is a lot of fine furniture that is veneered.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 10-21-2015 05:12 PM

this is veneered. i wouldnt throw it out as i wouldnt throw out that table because its veneered. thats a pretty nice pattern on it.

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