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Forum topic by BasementBuilder posted 09-07-2012 10:37 AM 906 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BasementBuilder

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09-07-2012 10:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander refurbishing finishing sanding

Hey all,
I was building a table a few months ago. I got it built but didn’t start the finish/stain because I got caught up on other projects/work/family. A buddy of mine stayed at my place for a week or so and asked me if he could work on the table, and I said yes. Anyway, long story short he took the belt sander and orbital to the table top, and left ridges in it that were visible after the stain took hold (it looked like snail trails.) I took a sanding block to it and took off the stain, but there is still ridges that can be felt by hand. Is there any way I can salvage the plywood and make it look good?
Thanks for your time!
-D

-- D.S., Colorado


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mtenterprises

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 11:12 AM

As far as I know once the soft sections of the plywood are sanded away theres no going back. BUT, someone might have a good idea here let’s wait and see.
MIKE

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 11:13 AM

It is hard to tell without seeing pictures!

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 01:01 PM

Sounds like it might be time to learn about veneering.

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

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 01:08 PM

I agree with Charlie

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 01:58 PM

I’d get a 1/4” sheet of oak (or other) finished plywood (the top veneer would be oak) and would stack it on top. Then, I would put a banding/skirt to dress up the edges. Then, I would washcoat it with shellac before putting down a stain…or finish it naturally.

But before that, I would make certain that your buddy never enters your shop again. :)

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 07:03 PM

Sounds like it might be time to learn about veneering.Charlie

My thoughts as well.

Jay has the first solution I’d try (unless you can find 1/8” sheets or thick veneers).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 11:55 PM

Find a new buddy.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 12:01 AM

+1 to veneering

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#9 posted 09-08-2012 01:33 AM

I agree on the veneering. Not too difficult but you still need to get rid of the ridges if you haven’t already. A card scraper would help speed that up…..maybe. Prep it good then veneer it.

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#10 posted 09-08-2012 02:35 AM

Do any of those grooves go thru the first layer?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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BasementBuilder

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#11 posted 09-11-2012 10:34 PM

I am amazed at this community! Thank you all for your replies!
The sanding didn’t go through the first layer. Veneering is an option still open, but again, that project is on the back burner, so to speak. I will have to upload some project photos for you all! Again, thanks for your time!
-D

-- D.S., Colorado

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