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Forum topic by alittleoff posted 11-27-2016 04:48 PM 1030 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2016 04:48 PM

Last yearI built a new workbench out of yellow pine. When I finished the top I applied about 3 coats of minwax clear poly. Now I want to remove some dents and scratches. Can I just start planing, or do I need to remove the finish first.
Thanks Gerald

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#1 posted 11-27-2016 06:01 PM

you might consider using a cabinet scraper or something to scrape the finish off first. It’ll save your plane blades from dulling more quickly when it cuts the finish.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 06:09 PM

Many would suggest you not replace the poly. nothing more than boiled linseed oil (BLO). That’s what I use.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 10:25 PM

Why do you want to remove the dents and scratches? It’s a workbench made out of soft pine. As soon as you remove them you’ll just start making more.

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#4 posted 11-28-2016 01:36 AM

I’ll buck the trend ;-p. Just start planing. Takes less time to hone an iron than it does to scrape that poly off.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 11-28-2016 03:10 AM

Plane it down and refinish with oil. It’s already been said but just to reinforce the point, it’s a work bench

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#6 posted 11-28-2016 03:35 AM

I agree with both dhazelton and Kenny :)

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#7 posted 11-28-2016 11:14 AM

I’m with dhazelton, ignore the scratches, steam out the dents.

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#8 posted 11-28-2016 12:31 PM

Why do you want to remove the dents and scratches? It s a workbench made out of soft pine. As soon as you remove them you ll just start making more.

- dhazelton

I agree … dents and scratches add character … besides it’s considered “sexy” in Denmark. Isn’t that right, Mads?


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#9 posted 11-29-2016 02:15 PM

I never flattened the top, I got sick and wasn’t able to work on it for about 6 months. Since it was pretty smooth I went ahead and sealed it to keep it from getting stained. Now I would like to have a perfectly, or as close as I can get flat top.
Thanks for the answers.

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#10 posted 11-29-2016 04:35 PM

I would use a ROS sander. Then hand sand the dents or touch them with a belt sander and I mean just touch for split second. Then coat with BLO. My latest thing is to use BLO, beeswax and gum turpentine mixed. The wax helps the glue not stick. You can also buff the wax to a nice shine but the glue stick easier. As you go use a straight edge to make sure your top is still flat. The choice is yours whether you want to take the dents completely out or have a flat top with a few dents.

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#11 posted 11-29-2016 10:20 PM

Sure, plane it then see if that works. If not, plan b, plan C…..

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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#12 posted 11-29-2016 10:52 PM

I would just get after it. It’s not much to touch up a plane irons edge. Get the top flat and some BLO and your in business.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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