refinishing cherry dropleaf table

Old 07-18-01, 11:38 AM
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I have a 60+ year old solid cherry drop leaf table that I had refinished. Turns out the guy was an alcholic and messed up the job. He used lacquer and it turned milky. Now I want to remove the finish and start anew. What is the best method to remove lacquer and what would be the best finish to put on the table. I'm giving the table to my daughter for a wedding present.

Old 07-18-01, 12:53 PM
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Alcoholic or not - lacquer can turn milky. It's sensitive to humidty, especially during application.

Lacquer thinner, steel wool and elbow grease would be the method I would use.

Either a polyurethane or standard varnish would be much more durable when you refinish. The poly dries more quickly.

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