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post #1 of 6 Old 09-13-2012, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Removing finish from reclaimed hardwood flooring

Hi everyone, I am a newbie to woodworking, havn t done much since grade 10 shop class, but have a passion for it, picking up stacks of woodworking mags at garage sales and on kijiji ( like creigs list) watching all ki ds of vids online, i really like wood working for mere mortals, anyhow, i have reclaimed a bunch of hardwood flooring and would like to remove the finish, cut the tounge and groove out of it and perhaps use it for some basic learning projects like picture frames, what is the best method for removeing the finish, if i use my planer will it gum up the blades, it is new and do not want to ruin it for the sake of salvaging a bit of flooring, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated,
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I sure wouldn't run old flooring thru any planer I actually liked. If the finish doesn't mess up the knives, the "gunk" on the boaards will. Go buy some inexpensive pine or poplar for your practicing. - lol
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You can get chemical strippers to get rid of varnish and stain. I believe Lowe's and Home Depot carry them. I have some but haven't used it much. I imagine it's fairly nasty stuff. But if you want to strip the flooring, those might work.

You can also do what I do and regularly check the lumber cull at Home Depot. They sometimes have pine boards for sale at 51 cents a board. Now bear in mind those boards are usually chewed up or pretty warped. But they're cheap practice wood.

Dave66 does have a good idea though: Poplar. It's pretty cheap, even at the woodworking stores. Not as cheap as the HD lumber cull, but cheap.
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Thanks for the advice
My planer thanks you as well
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I purchased some old pews a while back because they were $15 each and they are made of really nice oak, but using it requires a fair amount of elbow grease. Get a good stripper and make sure to give it time to sink in to the finish before you scrape it off. If it is stained the stripper won't be very helpful, but wood bleach or household bleach will help get rid of the stain. A random orbit sander or belt sander will be helpful for making it project-ready...I wouldn't try using a little vibrating sander unless you really like to cuss.
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Thanks for the great idea, just got back from local mill work shop, with huge pile of pine for $40

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