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Forum topic by jtrz posted 05-18-2017 08:32 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2017 08:32 PM

I have a drop leaf maple table that I want to refinish. It’s was made by a now defunct local furniture company (Bensinger in Louisville, not that it matters) and the I am pretty sure it is hard maple. The table is probably from the 60’s so the wood is that old at least if that makes a difference. The finish isn’t in bad shape but I don’t like it and want a natural finish, especially for maple. It’s not a valuable table so I am not trying to preserve it. In fact I’ll probably do a little design modification to it. Here is a photo (I’ve taken one of the drop leafs and stretchers off of it):

I am new to refinishing wood and am looking for any helpful information especially concerning hard maple.

I already stripped one of the stretchers using Zip Stripper. This probably wasn’t the best product to use but I had some and gave it a shot. It is close to looking like bare wood but not quite. Here are some photos and maybe you can surmise what I did wrong or what I still need to do:

So what else do I need to do to this piece to get it ready for prime time?

What type of finish works the best on maple? I want that natural look but from the bit of research I’ve done it seems that Maple doesn’t take oil finishes well.

What is your preferred method and product for refinishing Maple?
Any info would be appreciated.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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