EDIT: Strip or Sand Walnut Veneer Top for MCM piece // Finishing in the basement/air quality

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Forum topic by NeophyteGrant posted 11-09-2020 07:31 PM 361 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2020 07:31 PM

EDIT I sanded down a veneer walnut top on a Lane Rhythm cocktail table with 220. It worked well. Didn’t go through the veneer but exposed two almost microscopic pins holding pieces of veneer together. they’re invisible tho.

I have one more of the same type of table to do and am between stripping and sanding. Sanding lightly worked well the first time on the top (im only doing the tops) but I’m sensitive that maybe STRIPPING might be the “proper” way to do it.


Hi All:

I’m looking to refinish a couple small thrift finds with water-based poly or brush on lacquer. The temperature might preclude me from finishing what I started this week.

I have a small basement, but with window/drain areas that don’t open. I do have a vapor respirator.

Is it safe to attempt to do this in the basement with that potentially limited airflow and what would the seepage of odors be to the main floor, etc.?

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#1 posted 11-09-2020 08:31 PM

Can you open a door to the outside? May want to look into installing an exhaust fan to create a negative pressure in the basement and cover the return air vents. I don’t know the space size but you may need something more that a bath fan. All that said a water based poly shouldn’t be too bad for too long.

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#2 posted 11-09-2020 09:25 PM

Does the basement have a door to the outside? If so open it, and set up a box fan pulling the inside air. I’ve only used oil based poly in my basement and have never noticed odors seeping to the main floor of the house.

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#3 posted 11-09-2020 11:01 PM

It doesn’t. Sighs I think my play is that I’m going to see if I can hammer it out while the weather is good. I know that water poly isn’t too bad but…well, we’ll see what I can get done today and tomorrow.

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#4 posted 11-10-2020 12:02 AM

Hi All: I added another question to the top (rather than creating another thread). Thoughts?

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#5 posted 11-10-2020 12:54 AM

Here are some areas on the back I just noticed where the veneer chipped. Additional question: worth repair? They’re not visible as configures but may bug me

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