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Old 07-22-2010, 12:36 AM   #1
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How can I strip this? (coffee table, side molding)


I have this coffee table I bought off craigslist. I have been sanding it down, and all I have left are the sides. I've been working on one side of this for about... 3 hours ( see photo) .. There must be a better way, as I can't get into the corners with either a sponge sander, dremel, paper and of course not a power sander. I also noticed that... the lower part is a little real wood, then a few milimeters under is Particle board! So I have to be very careful..
This is really the max I can do with the tools I have.

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Old 07-22-2010, 09:06 AM   #2
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Can you take it apart to sand each piece individually?

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Can you take it apart to sand each piece individually?
I did that with the one you see, but it turns out it has covered nails and technically broke it. I can do it to all sides, and cost some struct integrity.
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Sorry about that. I didn't mean that you should take it apart, I just wondered if you could.
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Sorry about that. I didn't mean that you should take it apart, I just wondered if you could.
nono I did it last night. =)
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I have a huge sanding project I've been putting off for a long time. Mostly because it involves getting into the corners and working around spindles.

It's my stairway and it used to have carpet. When I pulled it off, I found out there has never been a finish put on the treads and everything needs to be sanded.

Good luck with your table. Hopefully someone here will be able to give you the advice you need.

If you get time, post a picture of it when it's all done.
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Yeah defiantly. I just know I can't spent 3+ hours and only get 80% sanded.. for one side for 3 items.. My dad made mention of chemicels I could use, or I could keep it as a "rustic" look... I rather not. (new one is lighter color)
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I'm fairly disappointed that I didn't get a real solution here... I went to home depo, they sold me a lacquer that took it right off. Though it is darker then I wanted, I have no other solution. I put the new varnish on last night, 2 coats, 3 hours apart and did some basic sanding. I'm trying hand not to get any dirt on it, but that may not happen it my garage. I'll post photos soon. Also I'm putting less varnish on the parts I had to use chemical strippers, as it's already fairly dark, and it's a fairly light stain.

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