Kitchen table


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Old 07-15-23, 08:08 AM
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Kitchen table

I have a kitchen table (pictured) that is about 20 years old and over the years it has gotten to where it could use a refinishing. My wife said she would like to sand it down and put a new finish on it. My question for something like this is how do we go about sanding it? Should I use a palm sander, a belt sander, a different type of sander, or good old fashioned elbow grease? Also, is there a particular type of sandpaper I should buy? We are just going to do the top. Thanks, Rich
 
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Old 07-15-23, 08:38 AM
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I'd give it a light sanding, a palm sander is ok if you don't get aggressive. Definite NO on a belt sander!
 
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First I would decide if you just want to refinish the top which would be easy. Or, do the whole table which is a different can of worms. Even though the legs aren't complex their round shape and detailing makes sanding very difficult. The top is easy to sand either by hand or with a palm or DA sander (I agree, NO on the belt sander). The legs however might be better chemically stripped and then just a light sanding before finishing.
 
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Thanks. It's just going to be the top mainly because the grandkids used it as a drawing board. I would guess a light sandpaper would do the trick.
 
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If hand sanding be sure to sand with the direction of the grain. Cross sanding can produce scratches that will show up in the finish. Normally not an issue with a palm sander.
 
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Orbital sander, starting with 120 then work your way up from than!
 
 

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