How To Refinish a Wood Countertop

By Robert Robillard on Home Maintenance, Kitchens

How To Refinish A Wood Countertop:

How To Refinish a Wood Countertop

Scrape the Counter:

The first step to refinish a wood countertop is to remove the old finish. Start by using your cabinet scraper and scraping the wood counter top with the grain of the wood.  A cabinet scraper eliminated using super aggressive sanding grits by removing the finish down to the wood surface. 

Cabinet scrapers lose their “edge” after 10 minutes of use.  Familiarize yourself with how to sharpen a cabinet scraper.  [you will need a mill file and a burnishing tool]

Hold the sharp cabinet scraper with both hands and at a low angle to the wood.  Pull the scraper over the wood surface – this takes some effort.   The shape of the burr on the scraper allows approximately 0.02 millimeters of material to be removed at a time. When working around items that are in place like a cook-top use the cabinet scraper and a hand held Sandvik type scraper.

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