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Forum topic by LiveEdge posted 01-28-2014 05:17 AM 857 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2014 05:17 AM

I stained half my tabletop today that I’m constructing and to my chagrin I have some small glue stains along some of the joints. Of course it looked like they were gone when I sanded. Do I have to sand the whole top down again? Can I sand small sections only? Or will that be a nightmare when I reapply stain to the sanded areas?


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#1 posted 01-28-2014 05:19 AM

Here’s an example down the middle. The wood is alder.

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 05:43 AM

Card scraper is the tool you want to use. You were very close to getting there sanding. If you try to spot sand, YOU WILL BE SORRY. Dont do it. Dont ask how I know.

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 05:45 AM

Card scraper is the tool you want to use. You were very close to getting there sanding. If you try to spot sand, YOU WILL BE SORRY. Dont do it. Dont ask how I know. That said when you get finished scraping or sanding wipe it down with whatever solvent cuts the finish you will be using. This will usually show the imperfections in your sand/scrape efforts.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 06:37 AM

1+ Sand entire table back to bare wood if you plan to restain. It doesn’t look too bad in the photo.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 05:11 AM

Thinking outside the box, I wondered if I could somehow dye the glue to make it blend better. The stains are really one to three mm in width, but because they are lighter than the wood the are noticeable to the eye. So I grabbed a brown ultra think sharpie and started making small hash marks on the glue like tiny grains. Because the alder stains fairly splotchy (something I chose it for) it actually blends it pretty well. I’m going to decide whether it works over the next few days and if not then sand it down.

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#6 posted 01-29-2014 05:16 AM

Here’s the same spot again. The ipad doesn’t take very good pictures.

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#7 posted 01-29-2014 12:25 PM

Precisely what I would have done to cover up such a small glue line. Nice job hiding the line.

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