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Forum topic by tlawrence posted 02-05-2013 08:53 AM 1221 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2013 08:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question cedar finishing sanding rustic

I am refinishing a table made from reclaimed cedar that I found on craigslist. The guy I bought it from had a sloppy layer of stain on it so I am sanding that off so we can do it right. I am fairly new to working with old timber and I’m not sure at which grit I should stop sanding. I have stripped it using a 60-grit sandpaper and I like the texture of the wood but will it look horrible stained that way? I would like to keep a rustic look to it and I’m not sure if sanding it with a 150 or 220 grit sandpaper would spoil that look. Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 05:00 PM

Not a LOT of experience here with rustic, but since no one else has responded I’ll jump in.
If you’re looking for rustic, then I assume that a rough finish is OK. The table top you might want to go to 180 or so for less texture that holds grime. I don’t see how you will satisfactorily stain a rough piece like that, as your predecessor found out. All your sanding marks have now been added to the fray and has set you up for more trouble. If you have carefully sanded with the grain from the beginning, you might be OK yet.
Here’s a thought. Why not plane the table top by hand using a cambered plane which leaves the surface clearly hand hewn but without the ugly sanding marks. You can’t do that for the rest of the table, but the top is what shows mostly Include the edges. Then you might just have a “looker”!

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 03:03 AM

You may don,t need to do re sanding.
Just wash off your stain with thinner or acetone to clean your stain.

Scuff sand your wood with # 180.

Then you can apply your new finish.
Avoid too strong stain.

And then apply your sealer and top coat

God luck


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