Best way to sand/refinish old cabinets

Old 01-01-08, 09:17 PM
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Best way to sand/refinish old cabinets

I've removed from the wall an old upper kitchen cabinet. This is solid wood but real old. I stripped off layers of paint with a remover, filled low spots with a wood patch material, and have been trying to sand it smooth. This is taking a long time and I'm wondering if there is a better way to get this old uneven wood smooth and straight...would an electric planer be overkill?

I know this is a lot of work, but since I can't afford new cabinets, I'm trying to make this one look nicer.

Any suggestions for me?

Old 01-01-08, 11:17 PM
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An electric planer would probably remove material so quickly that you'd go too far before you knew it. I'd keep going the way you are. I find that sandpaper around a straight piece of 2x4" makes for a great sanding block to make sure everything's even.
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Are you sanding by hand? Most any palm sander would be a good choice. Start with a coarse grit where you need to remove a lot of material and finish sanding with a fine grit.

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