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Normally I'd have asked in the Comments for the specifics of what you'd used here as often knowing the exact products used is vital to diagnosing an issue, but I don't think it matters here as something else led to the uneven result you got. So first off your tabletop is almost certainly oak as you thought. I only mention this as it's relevant to a few of ...


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I don't think there's an ideal solution here, and it's possible you're already getting close to the best result you can given the constraints. But as I read it there is still something to try, and that's doing the usual amount of sanding after raising the grain. Which is, just enough. TL;DR raise the grain with water, sand lightly, then proceed. The goal of ...


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I think the assessment of how good this refinishing job is going to vary, and this subjectivity may lead to the Question ultimately being locked. However I think at least part of this isn't purely subjective.... Can you tell me if this is adequate workmanship? I think this is a good question to include since it can be assessed fairly objectively. And the ...


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