belt sander or orbital sander question

Old 11-20-04, 11:50 AM
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belt sander or orbital sander question

My husband wants to use a belt sander on a 50 year old oak kitchen table we are refinishing. It was stained and painted and we've used chemical strippers to remove all of the paint. Now the surface of the wood is black and the strippers are just creating a mess without removing any of the black stain. We are able to sand through the blackened wood surface to clean wood with an orbital sander but it will take days and days to complete the whole table. His solution is to use a belt sander to remove the black wood but I'm afraid it's going to ruin the table. Any advice!!!?!?! Please hurry before he starts!!!

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Old 11-20-04, 02:32 PM
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No. Beltsanders are the equivalent of a chainsaw and have no place in use with furniture. It will increase the risk of sanding through the thin veneer and ruining the furniture.

The residue in the stripping operation should respond to use of more stripper and a brush or scotchbrite pad to remove all the residue. Following all the steps in stripping, including the neutralizing of the surface after all the chemicals are otherwise removed is important to a successful project.

Oak darkens naturally from exposure to air and light. The darkness may be the result of this or of a stain or fuming that was done in the past. Fuming can be quite difficult to remove because it is a chemical reaction in the wood with ammonia.

Sanding on a piece of furniture is best done by hand or with a straight-line, orbital, or random-orbital sander.

Hope this helps.
Old 12-11-04, 10:35 PM
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If they are black stains from moisture or water, you can use oxcilic acid on it while it's still in its raw state.

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