Cleaning/Stripping reclaimed Oak trim

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Forum topic by BikerDad posted 02-20-2018 07:36 PM 528 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2018 07:36 PM

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When my company moved from our old buildings into a single larger building, the old building owner stripped out all of the trim work prior to remodelling. I was able to rescue most of it from the dumpster, so now I have a few hundred linear feet of stained red oak molding, mostly baseboard.

My question is what are the pros and cons of various means of preparing this for reuse. The molding is stained and finished on the front/top only. The backs have many adhesive goobers remaining. I’d like to mill it down so it is effectively S4S stock. I will be getting a metal detector regardless, so that is a given.

Options for doing so currently are, in any combination, hand planing, hand sanding, ROS, portable belt sander, stationary belt sander, 12” stationary jointer/planer. Concerns are time and goobering up my tools/tooling. I have considered getting a Supermax 16-32 or 19-38 to handle this, but don’t know much about the loading (i.e. goobering) considerations with the media. (Note: There’s a lot of other things the drum sander will be used for, it’s simply an option that is not currently in the shop, but can be escalated in priority.) My jointer/planer is will be getting a Byrd Shelix head at some time in the future, that time can be accelerated if it’s a very good option for this particular task. Also, picking up a used lunchbox planer cheaply to sacrifice is also an option.

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#1 posted 02-20-2018 11:48 PM

Try a chemical paint stripper.

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 11:49 PM


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#3 posted 02-21-2018 12:42 AM

I agree with squazo that a chemical stripper would be good. My experience has been that trying to remove varnish with a drum sander will use up a lot of sand sand paper. You can plane away the varnish but it will dull your knives pretty quickly. Carbide will last a lot longer.

Where I come from,a goober is an alternate name for a peanut. I may not understand what you are referring to. If you plane the back side of the molding and it has adhesive on it, that will probably dull your planer and gum the knives very quickly. If you use a drum sander, the paper will gum up immediately. You need to remove as much of that as you can with a scraper and possibly a solvent before trying planing or sanding.

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 12:54 AM

a couple or three hundred linear feet would not be worth it to me,,,,,,,especially when facing the prospect of buying a 16-32 for the task,,,,,,which BTW you would be disappointed in the results.

I suppose it might be worth while if you get size worthy stock from it,,,,,you didn’t say what size it is

Whats the profile ? This would be key !

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#5 posted 02-21-2018 07:34 PM

The baseboard is 5 3/4” x 11/16”. Planed down with the profile edge trimmed off it’s about 4 3/4” x 9/16”

I’ve considered chemical stripper, but that’s something I have NEVER had any luck with. I may pick up a small bottle/can/jar/whatever and give it a test to see how it does in this particular application.

I guess I’ll hold off on the drum sander as it doesn’t sound like the media will take to this application all the well. Looks like this is going to be a wee bit more work than I had hoped.

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#6 posted 02-21-2018 07:43 PM

You could scrape the adhesive off the back
then cut the paint off with a radial arm saw
with the blade turned horizontal. Might take
two passes depending on the size of the blade
and hp of the saw. Use hold downs and feather

Then plane it.

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#7 posted 02-22-2018 05:13 PM

I think this is one of those scenarios where you start out, “Hey! Free wood!” and then later you discover why they threw it away in the first place…

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