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Forum topic by jackYOsnack posted 10-04-2016 02:02 AM 505 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2016 02:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: refinish stain orbital sander sanding finish cypress wood veneer match water damage diy help sander grit

Hello,

I am trying to refinish, stain and protect this coffee table. It has been pretty badly abused as you can see from the pictures. There is water damage, scratches and a large burn mark in the middle of the table (long story). It is my boyfriends table and he has another matching piece that goes along with it. I tried getting information about the pieces and I believe they are made out of Cypress. The top seems to be a veneer based on the underside being some kind of composite. I have done some refinishing projects before but before I get started on sanding I was hoping to get some help on the best way to go about it. I wanted to try and match the stain and finish the best I can. Should I be hand sanding this or can I use an orbital sander? Any suggestions would be very helpful.

Thanks!
Jackie


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#1 posted 10-04-2016 02:13 AM

If that’s a veneer, it may be too damaged to save. I guess I’d strip it to get rid of the finish and see what the wood looks like. A light sanding might not cut through the top layer of the veneer. Go easy with the sanding. As for staining it, I’ve worked with Cypress but never tried a dye or a stain.

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#2 posted 10-04-2016 02:23 AM

It is a veneer but might be thick enough to do a little sanding. I put some acetone on an area and it dissolved quickly so I could use some sort of stripper. I figured this won’t be a piece that we will keep forever but want to try to make it look a little better for the time being. What have you used to finish cypress?

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#3 posted 10-04-2016 05:09 PM

My brother is big into reclaiming Cypress, so I took some of his reclaimed boards and made him a nice coffee table. Going on memory, which may be faulty, I probably used Minwax Antique Oil. It would give you a nice low luster finish, but wouldn’t prevent water stains. You could apply one coat of that Minwax to pop the grain, give it a day or two to dry and then apply a couple of coats of good Poly to build a finish. As for which Poly, Fine Woodworking rated the Minwax Fast Drying Poly highly, though some folks have had issues with it. I had a problem with it drying, but it was likely that I didn’t let the underlying finish (Watco Danish Oil) dry completely. Apply it with a foam brush, in light coats, so it won’t sag.

And please show us the final result.

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#4 posted 11-21-2016 02:03 AM

Ok! So I played around with this project and stuck to a few products I was more familiar. I used Formbys refinisher to strip the finish and then lightly sanded the whole thing. I had to mix my own stain to try and match the exsisting pieces used Minwax fruitwood and English chestnut. Had a problem when I went to used oil based poly, dried with a gritty, sand-like finish. I sanded that down and used a water based matte finish ( which matched sheen of other pieces). All in all pretty happy with it and learned some new techniques.

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#5 posted 11-25-2016 05:46 PM

It looks terrific. Great job!

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