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Forum topic by Coils posted 10-03-2014 03:13 PM 920 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Coils

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10-03-2014 03:13 PM

I want to strip an antique solid oak table I inherited from my grandfather. It has a dark stain, and the wife will only consider keeping it if it is stripped back to its natural colour.
I want to keep the worn appearance of the piece where people have sat with their arms on the table and worn down the edges, so don’t want to sand or scrape.

Would appreciate any suggestions?

-- Forest Grump


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Finisherman

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#1 posted 10-03-2014 03:38 PM

Use a methylene chloride based stripper, followed up with a wash with four ought steel wool and lacquer thinner.

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ChefHDAN

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#2 posted 10-03-2014 04:45 PM

Coils, I’m not the greatest refinisher, but I’ve found that many times denatured alcohol will clean a surface and melt of a layer or so of shellac and really “clean-up” a piece nicely before I go to the stripper route and double or triple the work. If that doesn’t work then i go to a stripper.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 10-03-2014 05:05 PM

Just be thankful that your wife is giving you permission to experiment with strippers.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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ChefHDAN

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#4 posted 10-03-2014 06:21 PM

Ed LOL, as I typed the line I thought it sounded kinda wrong

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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Finisherman

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#5 posted 10-03-2014 11:53 PM

Yes, denatured alcohol will dissolve shellac. You can always try that first.

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Coils

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#6 posted 10-04-2014 06:09 AM

Thanks very much for your suggestions – Will give them a bash and hopefully it will turn out well. Good chirp Ed!

-- Forest Grump

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Clint Searl

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#7 posted 10-04-2014 12:44 PM

Citristrip is just as effective as an MEC stripper, but a hellavalot friendlier.

-- 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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runswithscissors

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#8 posted 10-05-2014 12:10 AM

The new Taunton Press (Fine Woodworking) tool annual has an article comparing various types of strippers, though I noticed they did not mention pole dancing.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#9 posted 10-05-2014 01:11 AM

I’ve used Citiristrip with good success in the past but mostly avoid it due to the cost. It’s not bad for small projects but it adds up fast once you start doing a lot of furniture.

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