Best way to strip finished hardwood for glue-up. Plane it? Liquid sandpaper?

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Forum topic by Dreban posted 12-02-2018 09:18 PM 1170 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2018 09:18 PM


I’ve been squirreling away misc hardwood I’ve run across for a few years with plans to use it for a 3.5” thick workbemchtop and some of it is finished with a stain, some of it is finished with a gloss or urathane finish?

I’m trying to figure out the best way to go about stripping everything in preparation for the glue-up.

I thought I read somewhere that finishes dull planer blades quickly? Not sure if that’s accurate. Since I’ve got a DW735 I’d rather not have to buy new sets of blades since I can’t sharpen them (stupid design, Dewalt). I’ve also read about “liquid sandpaper” and such. Or maybe a drum sander? Drum sander is my last option because I don’t own one and would have to trip out to a busdy’s house to do it, but it’s possible.

Any guidance is appreciated. Thanks!

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#1 posted 12-02-2018 09:58 PM

You will want something that produces a flat surface for the strongest glue-up. Perhaps you should chemically strip off the finish before running it through the planer.

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#2 posted 12-02-2018 10:41 PM

If the wood is flat and you have enough of it, save the mess and plane it. Just make sure the output goes in the trash due to the finish. Use an older set of knives in you planer. This is what I do with my salvage wood. Dan

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#3 posted 12-03-2018 03:50 AM

I was going to plane everything once i got the finish off, regardless. Unfortunately, i dont have a set of old blades for the 735, as I just got it! But maybe someone has a set i can buy off them for a few bucks. I will put an add on offerup, or something. Reeeeeally wish they used non-proprietary blades capable of being sharpenned. Honestly, had I known that before I bought the planer, I would not have bought it.

But thanks for the info.

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#4 posted 12-03-2018 04:39 AM

Had a chunk of bowling alley lane to strip. Used a scrub plane.

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