Refinishing a Console Table

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Old 08-02-19, 01:01 PM
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Refinishing a Console Table

Hi,

I am looking to refinish a console table in a charcoal gray and got quotes ranging from $350 - $650!

I figured this may be a project I can tackle myself.

It appears that the hardest part is the prep - specifically sanding. I have a random orbital sander as well as a small/tight space sander so I am hoping to avoid as much hand sanding as I can.

I know you have to sand with the grain - that's my problem. The table top has what appears to be 4 pieces of wood joined in triangles.


Question: How does one go about sanding this?

The table is solid wood but I suspect the finish layer is a veneer (not sure how I can tell without damaging).

Any advice on sanding and finishing would be helpful. I have attached pics for reference.

The table has a lot of places to sand (shelf, legs, drawers, etc. But I'm sure if $350 is worth it considering I don't know how ti will turn out.

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Old 08-02-19, 01:30 PM
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If I had to strip and restain that piece I'd start with a chemical stripper and try to limit the sanding. I believe that is a veneer and veneers usually can't take any deep sanding.
 
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That’s an excellent idea - thanks.

Is there a reason why someone wouldn’t always use chemical strippers? Seems a lot easier than sanding.

I would imagine ill still have to sand sand a bit though, yes?
 
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I usually use a stripper over sanding to remove a finish. Yes, you will likely need to sand a little bit just to smooth out the wood but not to remove any finish.
 
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Is there a reason why someone wouldn’t always use chemical strippers? Seems a lot easier than sanding.
Some folks don't realize it's an option and others don't want to deal with the chemicals. Some strippers are more caustic than others.

As SS said, chemical stripping doesn't eliminate sanding but it does require less sanding.
 
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Thanks guys. Any recommendations for a particular brand/type?
 
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Old 08-03-19, 09:52 AM
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Since I only use strippers occasionally when that type of job comes up I always ask the paint rep at the store which one would be best for the job at hand. Personally I don't care much for the citrus based stripper - they are too slow and sometimes ineffective, I'm partial to the more caustic strippers.
 
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