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Andre

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06-30-2016 04:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak sander refurbishing traditional

My Daughter has asked me to refinish an old Oak Desk she has purchased, I thought no problem quick sanding, stain and Varnish! I don’t use sandpaper as a rule in the shop so was surprised when the old belt sander didn’t work the way I expected. Any tips on sanding some real hard (old) Oak? Maybe just build a new Desk?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.


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#1 posted 06-30-2016 04:15 PM

Higher grit belts. What grit are you using? Higher grit paper is probably getting gummed up pretty quick.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 06-30-2016 04:29 PM

That was going to be my first solution, found the sander but have no idea if there are any extra belts for it, hasn’t been used in the last decade or two! Of to the Borg we go.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 06-30-2016 04:58 PM

Consider scraping the old finish off with a card scraper.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#4 posted 06-30-2016 07:06 PM

Speaking as a person who was in buiness refinishing for several years, I can tell you that first off, refinishing is really, really hard, especially if the piece has a lot of intricate detail. Your best approach is to use a chenical stripper and brass bristle wire brushes to remove the old finish. Let the stripper soak the piece per the instructions and NO LONGER. Scrub the finish off with the wire brushes, hose it down with the garden hose and dry it off immediately. You will likely have to repeat this process as many as 3 – 4 times to get the old finish off. Do it on a sunny warm day so the wood can dry thoroughly, but don’t over-dry or overheat the wood, and do the stripping in the shade, not in direct sun. Sand with 120 then 150 then 220, then apply your new finish. I recommend Sam Maloof poly-oil finish if you want a natural look. If you are going to stain and varnish, look into the Mowhawk line of spray-on toners.

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#5 posted 07-01-2016 04:45 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, did a little shopping today, new belts for the sander, some brass wire brushes and of course had to stop in at Lee Valley to pick up some more Bahco card scrapers and new brass hardware. Picked up a can of some sort of enviro friendly paint remover, so after the Big party tomorrow back to the shop on Saturday to see how much damage I can do to that chunk of Oak! Sorry Jerry most of them brands are not available here in Canada!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 07-01-2016 09:05 AM



Thanks for the suggestions, did a little shopping today, new belts for the sander, some brass wire brushes and of course had to stop in at Lee Valley to pick up some more Bahco card scrapers and new brass hardware. Picked up a can of some sort of enviro friendly paint remover, so after the Big party tomorrow back to the shop on Saturday to see how much damage I can do to that chunk of Oak! Sorry Jerry most of them brands are not available here in Canada!

- Andre

Okay, it’s pretty late, and I’m not checking this right now, but you can buy those finishes online from Rockler, and Mowhawk has an online store. So…you live in Canada. My wife does not understand how amazing Canada is, you know, the whole “it’s cold” thing… if not for that, we would be neighbors… For me, Canada is a dream I know I will never realize.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 07-01-2016 09:06 PM

Canada Day today, like your 4th of July except far more polite Eh! Next to impossible to have any of that stuff shipped here, but doesn’t matter since I have started to use the OSMO finishes and really like them! Not that cold here this time of the year! Last few years has been quite mild. Gets too cold, I head south or to the West coast to se Ma.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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