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Forum topic by Greg403 posted 04-14-2013 10:34 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2013 10:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hutch stripping wood wood grooves question advice name that wood refurbishing


I am working on refinishing an old family heirloom.. My Great Grandmothers china hutch. I have it taken apart and am stripping the many layers of paint off it. There are grooves or etchings in a few pieces of the wood. I am not sure how to get in there and clean them out properly of the old paint without damaging the wood with a scraper or anything.

Any tips? Also, bonus point if you can name that wood! I need to get a couple new pieces of wood and want similar grain as I am staining it.



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#1 posted 04-15-2013 12:47 AM

Greg, I used to do quite a bot of antique restoration and found sharpened hardwood dowels did the best job of cleaning grooves and such. I would use a chisel shaped tip and a round shaped tip, both of various sizes and they worked great without damaging the surrounding wood. Router planes also work well if they are sharpened properly and you have a steady hand. As for matching the wood, I’d look for some pale poplar, soft maple, or possibly white oak.

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 12:58 AM

That’s great! Thanks so much. I would have never thought of sharpened dowels.. great idea!

Thanks for the help!


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