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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 09-14-2011 03:04 AM 1016 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2011 03:04 AM

I’m not sure what this stuff is called but I see a lot of older/cheaper cabinets made of it. It is composed of strips of wood [poplar?] covered with an oak veneer. I salvaged a bunch of this from my daughter’s remodel and need info on cleaning it up. It is stained and then topcoated with something clear??? The finish seems too soft to be poly but this could be years of wax/Pledge type products. It is too wide for my drum sander, ROS will take forever. Will some kind of “stripper make it paint ready? Help!!! I hate to throw trhis away.

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 05:09 AM

Thanks Bently. I was afraid I wasn’t going to get any help here. The alcohol didnt change the appearance but may help primer adhere. By quick sand do you mean just scuff the surface? Is Kilz a good Primer. These will become shelves for another leaning shelf unit to put my boxes on when I try the consignment store thing

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#2 posted 09-14-2011 05:26 AM

Thanks Bently but this doesnt seem to be a popular thread. I’ll check tomorrow before I attack the shelves with the ROS. If I had your giant drum sander this wouldnt be an issue!

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 05:30 AM

Dang it Bently, I use to use lumber core years back and can’t find any now, but if i could find it and it had the same properties as back then i would buy alot of it.

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 05:36 AM

I have a lot of it but it aint lookin too user friendly with all the stain/finish/wax/gunk on it! I learned something today: lumber core.

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 04:00 AM

I sanded it with my POS Jet 10-20 drum sander and only gunked up 1 sanding belt so considered it a success.

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#6 posted 09-15-2011 05:07 AM

I did take off all of the old finish. Now I’m thinking I might stain the shelf unit rather than painting it. The tall uprights are recycled pine, the shelves are oak veneered lumber core [I remembered!], and the edge band across front of shelves is pine. I put some dark walnut stain on some scraps of each and kind of liked to look. Its either stain and Spar or brown paint like the one I made for Kelli. What do you think? I fought the POS sander all day AGAIN. I may have to post a rant about my Jet 10-20 drum sander. “Pretty Old Sander” – good one Bently!!!

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#7 posted 09-15-2011 05:43 AM

I do use a crepe block bue they dont work well on burned goo [but it was a well used belt]. I think the panels are cleaned up enough, I wasn’t sure about mixing the oak and pine in the same piece. This is to display my boxes at the consignment place when my wife gets that organized and I’m not sure what will show the boxes off the best.

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