How To Refinish a Wood Countertop

By Robert Robillard on Home Maintenance, Kitchens

What You Will Need:

The first step in preparing to refinish a wood countertop is to assemble the right tools.   Your three most important tools will be a cabinet scraper, a random orbital sander and a HEA tool activated vacuum  cleaner attached to your sander.

Here’s a list of what you should have:

  • Cabinet Scraper
  • Random orbital sander
  • vacuum with hose to connect to sander
  • Sanding pads:  80, 120, 150, 220, 400 grit.
  • Sand paper: for hand sanding:  80, 120, 220 grit
  • Sandvik brand or similar scraper for hard to reach locations. 
  • Tack Paper
  • EZ-Do finish
  • Brush:  high quality for polyurethane finishes
  • Rags
  • Small spacer wood  blocks to lift cook-top up off counter

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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