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Just starting to get my feet wet on this old table, sanded and stained it. The picture shows the defect I'm talking about and it was there before I started refinishing the table.

Is this something the person who made the table did by sanding too hard and if so would me sanding around it help any? Is there any way to make this look better?

Here is the picture of the whole table and the defect is at the bottom.

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    Do you know if the table is veneered or solid wood? To me this looks like someone sanded through the veneer. If so there's really nothing you can do for it short of re-veneering the whole panel. Dec 9 '19 at 16:49
  • Nevermind my question, I just saw the second photo. This tabletop clearly is veneered. I think you're out of luck here...Unless someone has some idea I haven't thought of. Dec 9 '19 at 16:52
  • Probably nothing can fix the grain, but color might be blended a bit better by staining the whole table in something darker than original color. Maybe using less penetrating stains, like gel or even stain+poly. It's a step to try before painting anyway :)
    – Eugene
    Dec 9 '19 at 18:09
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    I would take a stain which is darker than the surrounding wood and quickly hit the sanded thru area, feathering the edges, then wipe is off fairly quickly. You might have to do this a few times to blend it in.
    – LarryBud
    Dec 10 '19 at 1:30
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    I am hoping that you did not sand through the veneer, very gently sand with a fine grit paper (220 or so) following the grain and try reapplying the stain you might get lucky, I think you will as i can still see the grain in the veneer. I have had fair results by starting with a coloured poly (like Poly-Shades) and artist oils to match the colour use a wire brush or ink to mimic the grain. Dec 10 '19 at 2:17

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