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Old 05-29-19, 11:24 PM
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help with table (material)

Very new to DIY furniture.

Wanted to buy an old table to redo for fun to learn some basic diy.

Can someone help and tell me if this is a veneer and what can be done to clean up the scratches and/or change the color?

Sorry I am so new to this.

 
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Can't tell from a top view like this whether it's veneer. If unsure, aggressive sanding is to be avoided.

Strip the finish, lightly sand till smooth and then stain with the color you want and apply your desired finish.
 
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A pic of the edge might shed more light but since we don't see where any boards are joined together the odds are it's a veneer. I'd also use a chemical stripper followed by a light sanding. The deeper scratches might not totally disappear.
 
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With that even texturing my first guess would be a veneer or some manufactured surface. Looking at the edge will quickly tell you. If the edge is a trim strip or the grain doesn't align with the top then it's a veneer of some type.
 
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Thank you all so much.

What grit of sandpaper would you recommend?

and do I need to use a sealant when I am finished with the stain and sanding?
 
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That depends on whether or not it's solid wood or a veneer. If it's veneer you'll need to do the absolute minimum to avoid sanding through the veneer especially at the edges and corners. If it's solid wood you can be more aggressive and do a more typical sanding starting with a coarse grit and work your way through to fine. If it's a veneer you might want to avoid the coarser grits because you might not have the veneer thickness to sand out the scratches from the coarse sanding.

Sealant is almost required for any table. Otherwise it will absorb everything spilled on it.
 
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Thank you so much. This helps so much.
 
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I said this in my first response:
stain with the color you want and apply your desired finish
The 'finish' I mention is what I believe you're calling 'sealant.'
 
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may I ask when I see furniture like this, what is this? (all veneers?)

But I really like this type of wood tables.



How do you repair or refinish something like this?

The same way?
 
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Those are veneers. Not all veneers are wood and the non wood veneers can't really be refinished.
 
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Products are made like that to cut costs. Using particle board covered with a thin veneer of pretty wood is much cheaper. The downside is durability and it's difficult to impossible to refinish veneer. Some thick veneers can be refinished but on many items the veneer is so thin there is no way to sand down the old finish/stain. So, when the surface is damaged or you no longer like the look the options are painting or garbage.
 
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