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Recycling "pre-loved" lumber -- techniques?

I used a belt sander to remove most of the finish of some old tiger oak flooring before running it through the planer. 80 grit sand paper is cheaper than blades. But I did keep a set of old blades to ...
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Removing existing stain from intricate woodwork?

It will be a lot of work but I have two different suggestions. Use your stain remover again, but this time be more specific and use an (old) toothbrush to apply it and 'clean' it back off when it is ...
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How to find out what kind of finish is on a piece of furniture

Since they are very old, they are most likely lacquer or shellac. As previously noted, test for shellac with DNA, lacquer with lacquer thinner. If those don't soften the finish, then it's probably a ...
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Can veneer be patched or do you have to peel it off and start over?

It depends on your goal. The "right" way to fix it would be to strip the old damaged veneer and re-veneer the piece. If it isn't a valuable piece and you don't want to remove and redo the veneer, ...
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Removal of hardware from drawer front

Sorry cannot comment yet, other wise I would have commented on Bowltuner's. Take Bowltuner's drill idea, but use a common 3/4" hole saw instead of a standard drill bit when the saw portion cuts in ...
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Do I need to worry about incidental contact between a finish and its thinner / solvent once it's cured?

The answer is, it depends. Finishes that "cure" after drying (like most oil-based products) will typically not be damaged by incidental contact with their solvent. Finishes that only "dry" but do ...
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Removal of hardware from drawer front

Ouch. If he did a good job gluing, then the best idea I can come up with would be to drill holes. On the inside of the drawer, try your best to line up with the where the screws should be holding ...
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Recycling "pre-loved" lumber -- techniques?

Whether a peice of wood is worth it depends on how you are going to use it. If you want it for inlays then you don't need much viable wood. You just need enough to cut of the piece you want with a ...
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Removing existing stain from intricate woodwork?

Reapplication and mechanical manipulation are your friends (as suggested above). If this is critical project, then there are a number of more extreme paths. a second round with a different product ...
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Remove white paint from old wood fence

If you're starting from scratch without question the most inexpensive way to remove old paint (most finishes in fact) is using a scraper of some sort. Scrapers generally last you the rest of your life,...
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Polyurethane Book Case is Rough, Sand in Place?

Could I use a high grit or wet sand paper to knock the finish down where it's smooth enough not to catch the duster? Yes sand it, but no need to wet-sand or use a particularly high grit. If you were ...
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How to re-finish solid oak cabinets?

I'd like to re-finish them, without fully stripping them first. Can it be done at all? Can I just wipe something like wipe-on polyurethane on them? Sure, you can do that, but it will probably look ...
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Removal of hardware from drawer front

If you are not interested in saving the handle, you can use a Dremel or other small cutoff tool to cut the handle in half then unscrew it from the mounting screws. Once you know the exact location of ...
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Removing existing stain from intricate woodwork?

There are special spools of abrasive material that is almost like a sandpaper shoe lace. That might be worth looking into for sanding the stain out of intricate designs in some cases. (source: ...
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My contractor sanded our plywood seating... Is there any way to fix the finish?

Paint it, or pull off the hardwood edges, veneer over it with a new piece of veneer of the same species, and then apply new edges. Depending on if you have multiple other matching finished end ...
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What type of hinge is this?

That looks like a "partial-wrap inset hinge". Places like Lee Valley have them.
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Should I attempt to stain to all of the trim in a room (floor to ceiling)?

Can you as a home owner do this? Yes, absolutely! The easiest way is to buy a stain finish combo. Miniwax (and many others) have a stain and poly or stain and some other finish mixed together. ...
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Should I attempt to stain to all of the trim in a room (floor to ceiling)?

Since stain gets darker the longer you let it sit, you'll want to keep the time the stain is on consistent. The biggest advantage to doing it all at once is that you can develop a rhythm to it. If ...
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How to find out what kind of finish is on a piece of furniture

You can test the finish by applying different types of solvent in an inconspicuous location on the piece of furniture. For example, you can remove Shellac with denatured alcohol. Bob Vila's website ...
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How to re-finish solid oak cabinets?

I'd like to re-finish them, without fully stripping them first. Can it be done at all? Can I just wipe something like wipe-on polyurethane on them? Yes and yes, but there are no guarantees about the ...
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Letting the under-paint show through

It really depends what type of finish you're looking for. The most common method I've seen is to paint the entire piece, let it dry, then sand through the new paint in a few places for a distressed ...
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How to get writing out of a soft wood desk top

Depending on how damaged the wood fibers are, you might be able to salvage at least some of it by dampening the area and heating it to swell the fibers. This is commonly done with a wet cloth and hot ...
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What glaze or surface treatment to repair this bar?

how do I identify what the finish is that was used here, so that I can identify the proper repair? There are some test you can perform to narrow down or identify the finish used on something. ...
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Polyurethane Book Case is Rough, Sand in Place?

We did one, maybe two coats of polyurethane. Depending on how thick your coats are that might not be a lot of finish. Sanding might be an issue as you could easily sand down to wood after only one or ...
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Letting the under-paint show through

I am not talking about a glaze that gives a slight tint and then collects in the seams and cracks, but an overall color change with hints of the earlier paint. This is very easily achieved using one ...
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Is this a good approach to fixing damaged mdf holes along the edge?

Fixing the MDF: I'm planning on mixing a glue/sawdust/wood-filler/mdf/sawdust mixture up, clamping the board in place, applying the glue, letting the glue dry, removing the clamps and board, and then ...
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How to remove paint in dent of guitar

There are two ways: chemical, and physical. chemical: use paint stripper. if there is still finish left on the body you'll want to test this in an inconspicuous spot to make sure that finish isn't ...
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Is shellac really a "universal binder"?

Binder isn't a good word here as in coatings that means the stuff that bonds pigment particles together in paints, e.g. linseed oil in simple oil paints, acrylic/vinyl/styrene suspension in wall ...
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Can I remove existing wood finishes using a jointer or planer without damaging the cutting knives?

I worry that the finish will either dull the blades more than unfinished stock would or that the finish will accumulate on the knife edges, dulling them and be difficult to remove. Assuming the ...
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Outgassing of oil-modified polyurethane

The odour from waterbased finishes can sometimes be surprisingly strong and pervasive, but there's usually little cause for concern because the ingredients are relatively benign, and certainly the VOC ...
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