i have a very large wood veneered table with some substantial staining (from
condensation from cold glasses and heat stains from hot mugs) and damage.
i'm wondering how much can be done to dress this thing up considering the
top is just a wood veneer. any suggestions?
On Thu, 20 Mar 2008 23:37:37 -0700, "Chris Miller"
IIRC the most vulnerable area is at the edges, where it is very easy
to sand off so much that there is no more veneer there, and the new
edge is not even parallel to the old one. I don't know how to avoid
much difference in how you do
either. If the veneer is intact, then there is no difference. If the
veneer is loose, then you need
to glue and clamp it down before you put on a new finish. If any gluing
is done, be careful to
remove smears, as they interfere with any stain that comes after. I
would not use a water-wash
stripper on veneer, as it might soften glue. Have never had a problem
with veneer using
methylene stripper. Any sanding, not normall necessary, should be very
I had an old oak table in my kitchen that was the center of all activity
when kids were growing
up - crafts, painting, rolling out pie pastry, etc. It took a beating
and when it got scruffy looking
I just stripped the top and put on another two or three coats of
oil-based polyurethane. Poly
is a tad "plastic" looking compared to old-fashioned varnish but it
takes a beating. Mine was
never affected by wet glasses ... really hot stuff should have a
trivet. Floor tiles from the box
store make nice little thingies to put hot dishes on. A dab of clear
silicone caulk under each
corner for "feet" keeps 'em from scratching (dry the caulk before use :o)
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