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Forum topic by RCcola posted 10-01-2018 12:17 PM 287 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RCcola

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10-01-2018 12:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine refurbishing sanding finishing

Beginner wood worker here, have some old heart of pine floorboards we got from my girlfriends parents and we are going to make a table with. Any tips/tricks on cleaning these bad boys so we can reach the stainin process? At the rate we are going it’ll be next year before we can get all the crap off these boards (not sure what’s on em either).

Any help is much appreciated!


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tomsteve

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#1 posted 10-01-2018 01:24 PM

find someone with a drum sander that would be willing to run them through.

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#2 posted 10-01-2018 02:09 PM

Really need to know what you have to work with so cleaning up the boards first is a must. Many people (including me) will pressure wash (using a wide spray pattern) reclaimed boards to remove the dirt and grime, but not the patina. Works really well. Lean them up vertically to dry for 12 hours minimum.

-- "Do. Or do not. There is no try". Yoda

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 02:12 PM

Get a metal detector and scan for any hidden metal before doing any machining.

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