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To Sand or not to Sand, that is the Question.

Posted By: Mark (67.128.57.10)
Date: 5/19/5 10:33

I have removed several layers of old peeling and cracked varnish from a 1920ís mahogany hutch using varnish remover. I am down to the original stain which presently looks like an oak or walnut color. The original stain color (as seen in the unfaded hidden interior) is a red mahogany.

My question is; Do I sand the piece down to the bare wood and then stain? Or, do I re-apply stain to the hutch as it is now (what color recommendation)? Or, do I just apply tung oil without sanding or staining using the present stain as the base color? What would you do? I would appreciate any opinions.

It is not important to me that the hutch is returned to its original red mahogany finish. I would like to make it look nice and an oak or walnut color would be fine. It is not a sentimental piece of future. I am just practicing on some furniture I purchased at an antique store before I attempt some repair work on some very old family heirlooms.

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