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I'm refinishing my dining room table. I'm really asking about the type of sander - whether a square finishing sander or a circular sander or ... . You are welcome to share some pointers.

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    Hi, need to get some clarification details before we can advise more fully. Are you removing all the existing finish? If so, were you planning on using sanding for the entire task? Stripping is preferable to sanding for getting finish off if you're going right back to bare wood to refinish from scratch, especially if the tabletop has any veneer surfaces which can be made too thin or sanded right through with incautious power sanding. – Graphus Aug 26 at 7:03
  • I did this once for my table which had a wax oil combination as original topping. I used a circular sander and started with 40 grid up to 320 and it worked out well. Not sure at which point I could have improved, but the circular sander should be quicker than the squared sander. – drmariod Aug 26 at 10:35
  • shudder I've seen so many ruined projects because of aggressive circular sanding. Such a sander would be last on my list of tools for woodworking -- too easy to ruin projects so close to finishing. – jdv Aug 26 at 14:12

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