|Forum topic by Kimchi4u||posted 12-16-2012 06:38 PM||1296 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
12-16-2012 06:38 PM
I recently acquired some free boxes of hard wood flooring from a supplier that the construction company I work for deals with. The boxes are odds and ends of product that is discontinued. I figured that I can use some of the hard wood to make some picture frames and a few other small projects. So far, I’ve got plenty of white oak pieces of various lengths and 20 or so full 10 foot lengths of jatoba. There is also a box or two of ash waiting for me to pick up.
The issue that I’m having with turning the flooring into wood I can use is removing the finish from the surface. The finish contains aluminum oxide (I believe) for durability and it is super difficult to remove. I’ve tried sanding it out with a random orbital sander with 60 grit sandpaper, but the finish gums up the sanding disks, making them worthless after a short board or two. Running them through the table saw has also produced less than stellar results. Same problem. The finish gums up the saw blade.
I’m looking for some tips that might help in removing the finish from these boards. The few boards that I did get “clean” have really nice grain running through them and it would be a shame if I had to remove a lot of material from the boards just to get rid of the finish (and hard wood flooring isn’t that thick to begin with). I don’t have access to a planer or a jointer, and to be honest, I think I would wind up ruining the blades on that equipment too.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
-- Project Coordinator at Nord Alta Construction