refinishing a veneered table

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? -c
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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 this.
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If stains are white its the finish if black it could be water damage to the wood, Chemicaly strip it and be carefull on sanding.
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Chris Miller wrote:

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 carefully done.
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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