Refinishing roll part of roll top desk


Hi,
The roll part of a roll top desk consists of individual pieces of wood glued to a cloth. (Yeah, you knew that, but I needed a segueway.
Do I want to remove the from the cloth before I refinish them or do it in place?
Also, and I guess this is a much more general question, how do I scrape something that's round? :)
Thanks!
Aaron Fude
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I have finished many roll top desk and I would replace the cloth if it is worn. It is not hard to do and the cloth is usually the first thing to wear out.( it is just canvas).I always used contact cement to attach the strips back to the canvas. This way the wooden pieces are easy to refinish.

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Hi,
Thanks. Where would I purchase the replacement canvas and what name would it go by? Can you recommend a specific material?
Also, once removed, can the strips be dipped in the stripper rather than have the stripper applied to them?
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Aaron Fude
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I can think of several places you can buy the canvas, cloth shops (most likely, camping shops (tent material), anywhere they might sell standard canvas cloth. Once you take the wood pieces off you can dip them or take the finish off any way you want. Just make sure they are very clean so that when you contact glue them back on that they will stick. I would finish the wood pieces before you stick them back on the canvas. Make sure you dont put finish on the underside that sticks to the canvas. That wood must be clean and raw wood.

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