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Getting rid of sanding scratches

My wife picked up an old dresser and wants me to refinish it. The part that’s annoying me the most is the top - It looks like whoever finished it last, sanded against the grain, and now there are a lot of scratches and marks. What is the best way to go about removing these? Sand even deeper than the marks? Some seem pretty deep.
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Unfortunately, yes. If it's veneer then it gets even worse because you'll likely sand through. Photos?

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If it's veneered sometimes you can put a wet rag on the surface and set a hot iron it. This raises the grain a lot and minimizes the amount of wood that has to be sanded off.
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Sorry, no photos yet. But it’s a solid slab. No veneer.
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No veneer, just needs elbow grease.
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Thank you Steve and David!
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After 20 minutes of sanding with 80
Grit... I’m about to lose my mind.
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After 20 minutes of sanding with 80
Grit... Iím about to lose my mind.
Those marks were caused by a belt sander which had some defect such as a dent or tear in the metal shoe plate at the bottom.

Are you sanding the finish or stain off too? This would make the sanding much more difficult because of the gunk building up on the paper. I think if you would change paper and go after it again it would sand a lot better. Also if you would wet the wood and let it dry it would make your sanding a lot more effective.
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Bet you could do better with a cabinet scraper.
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After 20 minutes of sanding with 80
Grit... I’m about to lose my mind.
Those marks were caused by a belt sander which had some defect such as a dent or tear in the metal shoe plate at the bottom.

Are you sanding the finish or stain off too? This would make the sanding much more difficult because of the gunk building up on the paper. I think if you would change paper and go after it again it would sand a lot better. Also if you would wet the wood and let it dry it would make your sanding a lot more effective.
I wish I read this before 😞

I just spent 2 hours (and a full pack of sanding pads), sanding the stain and finish off.

I’m still learning.
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I wish I read this before 😞

I just spent 2 hours (and a full pack of sanding pads), sanding the stain and finish off.

Iím still learning.
Keep in mind that any time you strip the finish off of wood it should start with a paint and varnish remover. It's not like refinishing a car fender where you can sand down to bare metal and you are good to go. With wood the finish penetrates into the wood and if you don't chemically strip it you run the risk of some of the finish still being there. Then when you stain there will be spots that didn't take the stain right because the wood is still sealed with the old finish.
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