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Forum topic by mddharma posted 02-05-2021 04:45 PM 568 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2021 04:45 PM

First table top which is stained oak. I appears i had glue squeeze out and have applied stain. Once stained I saw it and as it was a bit shiny thought the clear coat with arm-r-seal would blend out the problem. Wrong – at this point I am unsure of how best to move ahead. Any advice would be helpful. I thank you in advance for any help you can give.

-- "It's nice to be important - but it's more important to be nice." Bozo

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#1 posted 02-05-2021 05:17 PM

I think it looks pretty good. Especially if its a big dining table you are probably the only one that will notice. But if it bugs you can try one of the 3m pads like a gold. Buff out the whole top to try and even it out.

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#2 posted 02-05-2021 05:26 PM

I agree with SMP, the picture make it look pretty subtle. I’m no professional and if it’s more objectionable than it appears, from my experience you’ll be better of resurfacing the entire top to bring the glue joint down to bare wood. Don’t know how you surfaced it originally, but anything like a #5 jack plane or better, followed up with some careful random orbital sanding will do the trick. Anything you might do to rework that area (scrub plane, scraper, etc.,) will likely produce a noticeable dip in the flatness of the top. Also it can often be difficult to match the density of the stain with the rest of the top in a way that doesn’t look blotchy. Just easier to put a fresh finish down IMO.

-- HFB

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#3 posted 02-05-2021 05:44 PM

I tend to agree that this is not a “defect” to worry much about but what I do see and personally do not like on a table top is the open grain that shows here. This would have been better if you filled the grain; and from what I can see in the photo that probably would also have helped conceal the blotch you are concerned about.

If you really have to “fix” the problem I would suggest scraping and sanding the existing finish off and start over. I have had great results scraping finishes off with a Warner paint scraper…..just this one the others do not work that well for this purpose.

It is inexpensive can be resharpened to a sharp burr with a file or grinder and replacement blades are cheap. After scraping as much as you can off, sand and prepare to refinish. Again, I would fill the grain with a wood grain filler….check out videos on the internet on how to do this.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-14-2021 12:41 PM

Thanks for the responses … I ended up just sanding off previous stain. New stain did well. Wish I had a drum sander :-)

-- "It's nice to be important - but it's more important to be nice." Bozo

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