Best of List Part 1: Tools & Supplies For Refinishing Furniture

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Best Tools & Supplies For Refinishing Furniture

Part 1 – Furniture Prep & Safety Tools

 

Hello everyone!

 

After over a year running this blog, I’m happy to finally present you with my “Best of the Best list”. The Best Tools For Refinishing Furniture and much, much, more.

 

Creating this list only now has given me time to test out many different products in my day-to-day furniture refinishing business, and can personally name EVERY item on this list, as the best. I will proudly say that I have ZERO reservations, recommending any of the items on it.

 

One of the most important things for me; and many others I’m sure, is the price of the items I recommend.

 

I personally, am a fan of furniture restoration products on the cheaper side, that are still quality items.

 

That may not be as important to some people, so I’ve got a bit of both mixed in. BUT I am super excited because I recently found a website that made all of my cheap dreams come true!

 

It is a secure, reputable, online shop, so as long as you are comfortable with purchasing products online, this place is perfect.

 

Hardwareworld.com has over 40,000 items at amazingly low prices, including specialty tools, and hard to find items. (I found almost every item on my list easily.)

 

All products ship from Kansas, Mon-Fri, and most orders ship the same day if placed before 12 pm. They have a 30-day refund policy, PLUS no tax! (except WA)

 

I’m from New Hampshire where there is also no sales tax, but I know that’s a big deal to people who are not from a no sales tax state. Right??

 

Obviously these products are available at your local hardware store as well, so feel free to purchase them there.

 

But cost-wise, be sure to check out the link I’ve attached to each of the products below.

 

So, skip ahead to what you’re really looking for, or read through ’em all! And don’t worry, I’ll be adding to these whenever I discover an item worthy of The Best of the Best Tools for Refinishing Furniture List.

 

The Best Power Sanders for Refinishing Furniture

 

Makita BO5030K 5 Random Orbit Sander
Makita BO5030K 5 Random Orbit Sander – $74

5 Random Orbit Sander

 

In my post How to Sand Wood Furniture, I mentioned my favorite sander at the time, the Ridgid 5″ Orbital Sander, which is still a great sander as well definitely! I was recently upgraded to the Makita 5″, and it was just that; an upgrade.

 

A few bonuses such as the dust collection bag setup is much easier, it’s way quieter, and seems a bit more powerful.

 

No matter the brand, a 5″ Orbital Sander will be one of your most-used tools when refinishing furniture.

 

With the right grit sandpaper, (we’ll get to sandpaper next) a 5″ orbital can handle basically, any job. Whether you’re removing paint from a wood piece, smoothing out repairs, or even distressing fresh paint; the Makita 5″ Orbital Sander is your best bet, in my opinion.

 

There are a couple of instances in which you may not want to use the orbit sander, and so, these next 2 sanders will cover those for you 🙂

 

Bosch/Vermont American 7510-01 SKIL Brand Belt Sander ~ 3
Bosch/Vermont American 7510-01 SKIL Brand Belt Sander ~ 3″ x 18″ – $60.28

SKIL Brand Belt Sander ~ 3″ x 18″

 

Occasionally while working on furniture, you may need something stronger than the orbital sander. If you need to level off a tabletop, or if you’re working on a wood veneer covered piece, you may decide that it’s easiest to sand straight through it to the hardwood. 

 

That’s when you grab the belt sander. For me, personally, the Skil Brand Belt Sander is one of the only belt sanders I can actually use easily. It’s 3” x 18”, where most are 3” x 21”, or even 4” x 24”. 

 

I’m a pretty small woman. I’m stronger than I look with all the DIY tasks I do every day, but I can barely hold the 3” x 21” Black & Decker Scott uses. When you’re using the belt sander you want to be sure you can keep it balanced and even across the flat surface you’re working on. 

 

With a low enough grit, (even with a higher grit), belt sanders will remove a serious amount of wood rather quickly if you’re not careful. So for a smaller, lighter belt sander, I definitely recommend the Skil Brand Belt Sander.

 

DeWalt DWE6411K 1/4 Sheet Palm Sander
DeWalt DWE6411K 1/4 Sheet Palm Sander – $53.83

1/4 Sheet Palm Sander

 

¼ Sheet Palm Sanders come in handy for finishing off sanding a piece. I normally go Belt Sander (roughest grit)– Orbital Sander — Palm Sander — and then quickly hand sand with the finest grit sandpaper/sponge. 

 

The only reason I don’t stick with the orbital sander until the end is the chance of getting those little circles/swirls (ugh) we’ve all gotten from the orbital sander. The palm sander will smooth those right out, and if you happen to miss anything, the quick hand sanding I’ll be talking about next will get it. 

 

Head over to my post for more game-changing tips on sanding wood furniture without swirls & scratches.

 

 

 

The Best Hand Sanders for Refinishing Furniture

 

Ali Industries 7800 Micro Multi-Surface Zip Sanding Kit
Ali Industries 7800 Micro Multi-Surface Zip Sanding Kit – $8.21

Micro Multi-Surface Zip Sanding Kit

 

I absolutely LOVE this little hand sander, I use it for everything! It’s super soft/spongy, so it fits perfectly in your hand, and into all those little crevices you’ll find when working with furniture. 

 

This kit comes with 10 sheets of 80, 120, and 220 grit sandpaper with hook and loop attachment which is awesome. But when you get in a bind and only have say round sandpaper left over, you can easily cut it and attach it to this. (I’ve even used a full circle sheet on it to get the sidewall of a cabinet once, worked great.)

 

Next best would be this one:

 

Ali Industries 7233 Zip Sand Sponge Holder
Ali Industries 7233 Zip Sand Sponge Holder – $5.32

Zip Sand Sponge Holder

 

For all the same reasons, it’s great for tight corners with its triangular shape, it does reach some spots better than the rectangle one alone. 

 

Red Devil 3318 Plastic Sandpaper Holder Sanding Bock ~ 4.5
Red Devil 3318 Plastic Sandpaper Holder Sanding Bock ~ 4.5″ x 5″ Sheet – $4.49

Plastic Sandpaper Holder Sanding Bock ~ 4.5″ x 5″ Sheet

 

A Sandpaper holder like this one is also a great thing to have (I know, how many do I really need? Right?) But, I use every one of these multiple times a day. You just never know which situation you’ll need which for, but trust me, it’s always nice to have options.

 

You can use any grit sandpaper on this, and it needs to be the non-hook-and-loop type you’ll find in large sheets. This way you can cut the sheets to the size you need, and get a lot more out of 1 sheet.

 

Norton 07660700937 Contour Sponge, 4 x 5 inch, Extra fine
Norton 07660700937 Contour Sponge, 4 x 5 inch, Extra fine

from: Hardware World

 

These sponges are perfect for distressing paint. You can get them, and use for either wet distress, or paint layering without taking off too much paint. They’re for sanding table legs, spindles, and other contoured areas, so they are super bendable, which I love. 

 

They don’t last forever, but you can definitely get quite a few uses out of them by washing and reusing them after they dry. After a while, they’ll get a little flimsy, and you’ll know it’s time to toss them. They’re pretty cheap, and you can usually find multipacks as well.

 

3M 051111115169 Sanding Sponge - Paint Stripping
3M 051111115169 Sanding Sponge – Paint Stripping – $3.19

Sanding Sponge – Paint Stripping

 

The 3M Sandblaster Flex Sponge is the sponge to use if you’re trying to remove paint by sanding. They are made for exactly that, so they don’t get clogged like normal sanding sponges. 

 

They’re also super flexible, but they’re 1” thick, so they last quite a while. You can wash and reuse these as well, so if it does end up getting clogged after a while, you can just rinse it out and go at it again!

 

3M 048011040295 Scotch-Brite General Purpose Scouring Pads ~ Approx 6
3M 048011040295 Scotch-Brite General Purpose Scouring Pads ~ Approx 6″ x 9″ – $24.90

Scotch-Brite General Purpose Scouring Pads ~ Approx 6″ x 9″

 

These aren’t exactly sandpaper, but I threw them in because I use them pretty often for finish work. When you’re using a water-based top coat, you don’t want to use steel wool because it will rust and ruin your paint or stain job. 

 

So I began using these scouring pads instead; I never went back to steel wool after that! They work great for between coats of polyurethane to knock off those rough spots without scratching the surface or grinding down the finish. They’re almost foolproof, definitely check them out if you normally go with steel wool.

 

The Best Sandpaper for Refinishing Furniture

 

Freud/Diablo DND050080H10I 10pk 5 80g Disc
Freud/Diablo DND050080H10I 10pk 5 80g Disc – $14.97

10pk 5 80g Disc

 

The Diablo brand is definitely my first choice when I’m buying sanding discs. They just seem to be the strongest out of the many different brands I’ve tried.

 

Especially the lower grit discs- they eat away at the wood like nothing! They last way longer than other brands, and don’t clog as easily with paint or stain.

 

I actually had a Diablo Disc the other day; the red side was still like new, but the hook and loop side gave out. I’d taken it on and off the sander so many times, that it lost it’s hook (or loop?) and kept falling off. When the sanding side outlasts the hook and loop – that’s pretty impressive if you ask me.

 

At Lowe’s or Home Depot, they are on the pricey side, but now that I’ve found Hardwareworld.com, I’ll most definitely be sticking with Diablo sanding discs

 

3M 051141342806 Sandpaper, Pro Grade ~ 220 Grit
3M 051141342806 Sandpaper, Pro Grade ~ 220 Grit – $9.24

Sandpaper, Pro Grade ~ 220 Grit

 

For Sandpaper Sheets I’d go for 3M, the Pro-Grade No-Slip sheets are my favorite. They stay put on the palm sander and the sanding block. Or you can use it on its own with no worries. They last quite a while and don’t tear easily like a lot of other brands I’ve tried.

 

There’s nothing worse than cutting your sandpaper, putting it on the sander or block, and ripping it right when you tighten it down. Ugh, no fun.

 

The Best Paint Stripping or Veneer Removal Tools for Refinishing Furniture

 

Norton 07660705466 05466 4x1 Rapid Strip Disc
Norton 07660705466 05466 4×1 Rapid Strip Disc – $10.67

05466 4×1 Rapid Strip Disc

 

For my Stripping Paint Post, I tested several methods for stripping paint to see which worked best, and found that these “Sanding Discs” were actually one of the easiest ways to strip paint from furniture! 

 

They attach to a drill, so you would need a power drill of some kind (I talk about my favorite here)  to attach these to. But as long as you have one, they really work great! They are apparently meant to be used on contoured surfaces. But I’ve used them on non-contoured surfaces and they work fine. 

 

I’d kind of agree with sticking to contour surfaces only because it’s pretty easy to go too deep and cut into the wood while using them. If you’re working on an expensive antique piece, that doesn’t exactly work. But after practicing a bit, you can get pretty decent at scraping the paint off without gouging the wood. 

 

That’s your call. Quick fixes though, definitely recommend these paint stripping discs.

 

EDIT: I’ve recently found this amazing Restorer Tool that is 100% better for stripping furniture. So much so that I wrote a whole post on it!

 

Red Devil 4251 Zip-A-Way 6 In 1 Tool
Red Devil 4251 Zip-A-Way 6 In 1 Tool – $5.37

Zip-A-Way 6 In 1 Tool

 

This guy is one I’d say is a definite must. For paint removal, and veneer removal. You can use just a plain putty knife, but the pointed edge works great. 

 

Plus if you’re painting with rollers, they work great for getting all of the paint off the roller. (I didn’t learn that one until just recently, oops.) 

 

While searching on Hardware World I found this one that does even more…11 things in fact!

 

Red Devil 6291EZ Decorator 11 In 1 Tool
Red Devil 6291EZ Decorator 11 In 1 Tool – $7.94

Decorator 11 In 1 Tool

 

So hey, if you like all-in-one tools, have at it! 

 

Great Neck RM16 Rubber Mallet ~ 16 oz
Great Neck RM16 Rubber Mallet ~ 16 oz – $3.66

Rubber Mallet ~ 16 oz

 

While I’m on the subject of removing veneer, and the 11 in 1 tool; a mallet is definitely helpful with that tactic. I used a hammer for a long time, but I’m sure you can see the dangers in that to your hands.

 

I learned after a bit that the mallet works just as well, without the occasional damage. It’s also useful for a lot of other things. You don’t always want a hammer when you’re working with delicate furniture pieces.

 

Worthington Cylinders 361519 Ts3500t Multi-Use Torch
Worthington Cylinders 361519 Ts3500t Multi-Use Torch

from: Hardware World

 

Torches can be used for lots in furniture refinishing, but I personally use it most with wood veneer removal. My Ultimate Wood Veneer Removal Technique post will explain more on that. 

 

It can also be used for wood burning techniques. Check my Unique Wood Finishing Techniques post to learn how!

 

The torch I linked to is an amazing torch that I personally spent a lot more on than it’s listed for on Hardwareworld.com. (I seriously wish I had learned about this site sooner.) They have MAP//Pro torches available as well.

 

Worthington Cylinders 361519 Ts3500t Multi-Use Torch
Worthington Cylinders 361519 Ts3500t Multi-Use Torch

from: Hardware World

 

Not for stripping paint, but for stripping stains, I definitely recommend Minwax’s Furniture Refinisher. On the rare occasions that you can’t just sand down the stain on a wooden piece, this is your product.

 

It uses natural oils to safely remove wood stain, varnish, shellac, lacquer, or any other old finish that has built-up over time on wood furniture. It does not remove paint or polyurethane.

 

Jasco paint and epoxy remover furniture refinishing tools

 

For stripping paint, I would recommend Jasco Paint and Epoxy Remover. I tested a few paint stripping products in my paint stripping post as well, and it definitely won me over. 

 

I wish I could recommend the safer, Citristrip type products, but unfortunately, they just don’t come close to the chemical strippers like Jasco.

 

Allway PBS Nylon Paint Stripper Brush 7
Allway PBS Nylon Paint Stripper Brush 7″ L x 1.25″ wide – $1.63

Nylon Paint Stripper Brush 7″ L x 1.25″ wide

 

When using the chemical strippers like Jasco, other than the normal scrapers I brought up earlier, I love using the Nylon Paint Stripper Brush as well. 

 

The nylon brush works great on wood that you really don’t want to scratch or damage with the putty knives or 6 in 1 tool. I’d recommend using it with the Antique Furniture Refinisher as well. It will remove the paint or stain gently and without scratches or gouges.

 

3M 05111110111 10111 Hvy Dty Stripping Pad
3M 05111110111 10111 Hvy Dty Stripping Pad – $1.95

10111 Hvy Dty Stripping Pad

 

You can also use stripping pads like these to remove the paint from wood without scratching. They do sell plastic holders with handles that attach to pads like these to protect you from the stripper itself. But you should be wearing thick protective gloves either way!

 

Use it as a sanding sponge and it will lift the paint right off after it’s been soaking in paint stripper for a while. 

 

 

 

The Best Wood Furniture Repair Products & Tools for Refinishing Furniture

 

Irwin 54122 Quick-Grip Mini Bar Clamp ~ 12
Irwin 54122 Quick-Grip Mini Bar Clamp ~ 12″ – $21.33

Quick-Grip Mini Bar Clamp ~ 12″

 

These clamps are the first thing I think about starting this list of furniture repair tools. If you are gluing, drilling, or positioning a furniture piece somehow you want some of these clamps

 

I never really thought about it before I began working on furniture. I kind of just thought people stood there and held stuff until the glue dried. Yeah, that glue takes a while…. so definitely not. 🙂

 

These are also great for spreading two pieces apart in case you need to clean inside a crack perhaps before you apply that glue. These make it much easier.

 

Kreg Tool  K4 Pocket Hole Jig System
Kreg Tool K4 Pocket Hole Jig System – $99

Pocket Hole Jig System

 

If you plan on doing repairs to wood furniture, the Kreg Jig is an absolute must-have. Its a tool used to create pocket holes when you’re connecting two pieces of wood. Since the It strengthens the joint or crack. I’ve used a Kreg Jig fixing a cracked dining chair seat, broken drawers in an old dresser, and a standalone cabinet shelf. 

 

The best part about the Kreg Jig; there’s no glue necessary. That’s super helpful when you plan to stain a wood piece. Glue is never easy to hide or stain. (But if you have to; check out My Awesome Hiding Wood Glue Repair Tricks.)

 

Titebond 1412 Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue ~ 4 oz.
Titebond 1412 Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue ~ 4 oz. – $3.31

Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue ~ 4 oz.

 

Speaking of wood glue, Titebond III has always been a favorite.  It has never done me wrong. As long as you clamp your piece and wait for the recommended dry time. 

 

It definitely works better in a warmer environment. Out in my garage in the winter, without heat, wasn’t great on a project. But I figured I’d give it a try so that you wouldn’t have to.

 

J-B Weld 8281 10oz J-B Weld Pro
J-B Weld 8281 10oz J-B Weld Pro – $13.36

10oz J-B Weld Pro

 

J-B Weld has come in handy multiple times trying to repair some furniture pieces. If you have a hole to fill on a metal bedframe perhaps, I would definitely go J-B Weld over Bondo. It depends on the application, but J-B works on multiple surfaces beyond metal. It’s also sandable, drillable, and filed after it cures. 

 

If you need something strong, J-B Weld, for sure.

 

3M BD000265 Bondo Body Filler ~ One Gallon
3M BD000265 Bondo Body Filler ~ One Gallon – $24.90

Bondo Body Filler ~ One Gallon

 

For larger wood furniture repairs, such as a complete corner missing, or spots that need to be remolded, I’d go with Bondo Body Filler. Not the wood filler- the one with the car on the front.

 

It’s easy to shape and mold to match another piece on the piece perhaps, and it will last. You would want to paint over it, I don’t think stain would work great over Bondo. But it’s easily hidden with some paint.

 

Durham's  Durham Rockhard Water Putty,  4 lbs
Durham’s Durham Rockhard Water Putty, 4 lbs – $5.63

Durham Rockhard Water Putty, 4 lbs

 

I use this putty over any other when filling small cracks or holes in wood. It comes in powder form and you can use as much or as little as you need. Just slowly add water to it until it’s the consistency you need and spread it. It hardens fast, and will not budge from there. 

 

I have mixed wood stain with this putty before applying it to disguise the normal white color and it works great. The filled spot will be a bit darker than the rest of the piece but usually blends right in.

 

Elmer's E-890 Stainable Wood Filler, 8 ounce
Elmer’s E-890 Stainable Wood Filler, 8 ounce – $3.58

Stainable Wood Filler, 8 ounce

 

If you’d rather use a stainable wood filler, this is my choice. The Minwax filler has never really worked out for me. Every time I’ve tried it I’ve had bad luck, but that may just be me. 

 

I know they have matching filler to each stain now it seems so that may also be your best option, depending on your project.

 

Bostitch HP118K Headless Pinner Kit - 23 gauge
Bostitch HP118K Headless Pinner Kit – 23 gauge – $150.30

Headless Pinner Kit – 23 gauge

 

Teaching me on my first furniture repair, Scott brought out the Pin Nailer and I fell in love. I just love the sound of the nail gun that’s probably just me. But I felt super cool using it. 

 

It shoots tiny headless pin nails into the wood that are almost invisible. They’re great added strength to a repair, and after painting, you can’t even tell they’re there. 

 

You do need an air compressor to use a nail gun like this, along with a ton of other tools, so it may be a purchase you want to think about if you don’t already have one.

 

Rolair Compressor The Best Tools For Refinishing Furniture

 

This air compressor is fantastic. Scott has had it for years, and I’ve never heard an air compressor so quiet. Most of them are awful when they refill, super loud, and not great for an apartment or sleeping child!

 

So, if you need something quiet I will personally vouch for this one. 100 percent. 

 

It’s supposedly “portable” but unless you can easily “port” 150 lbs, I wouldn’t quite call it that. But it’s small so you shouldn’t need to move it much. Definite plus!

 

Black & Decker PD600 Cordless Drill - Pivot Plus - 6 volts
Black & Decker PD600 Cordless Drill – Pivot Plus – 6 volts

from: Hardware World

 

If you don’t use a power drill too often like me, this is a great, cheap little drill to have. It’s cordless and pivots to different directions, which works out perfectly in the tight corners of a cabinet or drawer. 

 

It also has a built-in light which I love. They should really put lights on more things! I certainly love being able to see when I’m working on something!

 

DeWalt DCF885C2 Max*Lith-Ion 1/4
DeWalt DCF885C2 Max*Lith-Ion 1/4″ Impact Driver Kit ~ 20v – $179

Max*Lith-Ion 1/4″ Impact Driver Kit ~ 20v

 

For something a little stronger, any of the Dewalt kits would do. I, of course, like the compact version, but any of them would do. The batteries are all interchangeable with other cordless Dewalt products, such as their nailgun, router, and saws.

 

Toolbarn.com also has Dewalt Drill Kits on sale right now!

 

The Best Supplies to Keep in Shop for Refinishing Furniture

 

Coleman Cable WL40272S Woods Portable Dual Head LED Work Light
Coleman Cable WL40272S Woods Portable Dual Head LED Work Light – $187.86

Woods Portable Dual Head LED Work Light

 

Depending on your work area, you may not have the need for extra lighting. My garage is definitely a mostly dark workspace, so some serious LED lighting is necessary. 

 

This dual-head setup works nicely, as most of the time while sanding, staining, etc, you want your lighting to go across your workspace, rather than right above it. 

 

You can set the height easily on the tripod the lights set on, with an easy to adjust the head angle on both sides. The lights are also a neutral white 4000K color so it won’t affect your view of paint colors or stains while you work. For something on a smaller budget, the halogen version is a bit cheaper.

 

DeWalt DCV581H Wet Dry Shop Vacuum, Cordless/Corded ~ 2 Gallon
DeWalt DCV581H Wet Dry Shop Vacuum, Cordless/Corded ~ 2 Gallon – $178.95

Wet Dry Shop Vacuum, Cordless/Corded ~ 2 Gallon

 

Shop Vacs are always a great thing to have in a workshop, especially if you do a lot of sanding. Which as a furniture refinisher, I definitely spend most of my time sanding. 

 

Most sanders can be hooked directly to your Shop-vac hose which helps eliminate dust on everything. This Shop-vac is the perfect size for lightweight use and can hang on the wall out of the way. It’s also pretty cheap for a Shop-vac, which is always a bonus!

 

3M 2097-48EC Exterior Painters Tape ~ 2
3M 2097-48EC Exterior Painters Tape ~ 2″ x 45 yds – $10.02

Exterior Painters Tape ~ 2″ x 45 yds

 

3M 051131774087 Handmasker Dispenser
3M 051131774087 Handmasker Dispenser – $20.11

Handmasker Dispenser

 

Of course, furniture refinish work also includes painting, and I definitely recommend these two products to help with achieving clean lines, and decorative finishes easily.

 

I went without the dispenser for quite a while, and after buying one you’ll never go back to using the roll only; trust me.

 

The Best Safety Products for Refinishing Furniture

 

Boss 8438S Ladies Nitrile Palm Gloves, Small
Boss 8438S Ladies Nitrile Palm Gloves, Small – $3.35

Ladies Nitrile Palm Gloves, Small

 

It’s hard to find decent work gloves for women, so I thought I’d throw these on as well. Nitrile gloves protect against many household chemicals, including paint strippers, wood stains, and more. 

 

I have very tiny hands so I was happy to find these fit great! They have an assortment of men’s nitrile gloves as well on Hardwareworld.com.

 


Boss 118M Nitrile Glove – Medium – 18 gauge – $4.10

Nitrile Glove – Medium – 18 gauge

 

These 18 gauge  Nitrile Gloves are 13 inches long. Making them the best choice safety-wise when using serious chemicals. The more skin covered up the better when it comes to your health.

 


3M 051141936135 Lead Check Instant Lead Test Swabs – 2/Pk ~ LC2S24C – $7.89

Lead Check Instant Lead Test Swabs – 2/Pk ~ LC2S24C

 

Working with antique furniture, there’s nothing safer than knowing whether or not you’re working with lead paint. These instant lead test swabs work great.

 

Once you know lead or not lead, you can go from there on which safety precautions you need to take.

 

3M Respirator The Best Tools For Refinishing Furniture

 

These respirators from 3M have been my go-to for a while now. They seem to be sold out due to Covid-19 at the moment but they are usually easy to find. They are disposable but they hold up for quite a while under light use. 

 

“They are NIOSH-Approved N95 for at Least 95 Percent Filtration Efficiency Against Certain Non-Oil-Based Particles and Aerosols, so you will be safe using these from dust and small particles.”

 

For safety from chemicals, you will want a full respirator mask. I use this one: 

 

Reusable Respirator Furniture Refinishing Tools

 

It is super comfortable and works great. Never underestimate the damage done to your brain when working with these chemicals without proper safety gear. 

 


Wolf Peak SDK117 Khor Silver Mir Glasses – $12.59

Khor Silver Mir Glasses

 

I wear glasses every day, so I don’t usually go for safety goggles since they won’t fit over them. If you don’t normally have eye protection, definitely check out getting some.

 

You never know what could happen in the workshop. Of course, there is a serious assortment of safety glasses at Hardwareworld.com as well.

 

And that is the end of Part 1

 

Please let me know if you think there’s something I missed, or know of a product that I need to try! I’m all ears!

 

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Continue on to Part 2 of The Best of The Best List: The Best Paints, Stains, Waxes, and Paintbrushes For Refinishing Furniture.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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8 replies on “Best of List Part 1: Tools & Supplies For Refinishing Furniture

  • JoAnne

    Hey KRay, it me again. I use a damp wet cloth to remove the film that was on my table. Alot of stuff came up. I just now saw your rely to stripp it again. I might just sand it down and apply wood condioning. What do you think? I would stripp it again, but I live in Nebraska and the temp this week is any were from 47 degree to 59 degree, and the table is in the garage. My basement windows are sealed shut and it is still that way. I bought my house that way. It’s strange that they did that. What do you think about sanding it down? Thanks JoAnne

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  • JoAnne

    Hi KRay, it’s JoAnne again. So I’l just review with you you on what I did on my finsh wooden table. First I used my tsp to clean my table, then I used my stripper, than I used my mineral spirit to clean it. I used my mineral spirit to clean the reside from using the stripper and thats all I have done so far. After I used the mineral spirit the table kinda looked dirty like. So do I use tsp to clean again? I also bought wood conditioning to put on it. So is this the right order on this table.
    1. Cleaned with tsp
    2. Stripper
    3. Mineral spirit
    4. Tsp again?
    5. Wood conditioning
    6. sanding
    7. Stain or varnise
    8.?
    Thank you for helping me.
    JoAnne

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    • KRay

      Hi JoAnne! So it’s tough to say exactly without seeing the condition of the piece after stripping, but mineral spirits are usually all you need to clean it after stripping it. Then wipe it with another clean dry rag. If it still looks spotty or dirty you may need to do one more coat of stripper. It may look like you’ve got everything, but there could be one last clear coat or something still stuck on the wood. Try that- then mineral spirits, and then just a clean dry rag before conditioning. And for #8, you’d want to wait the complete dry time on the back of the stain/varnish, then apply a topcoat. (lacquer, polyurethane, shellac, polycrylic) I’m actually going back to writing a blog on top coats after I finish this response 🙂 Hopefully it’ll be out before you finish your piece! Good Luck!

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  • JoAnne Orr

    Hi, I so glad that I found KRaycustomrefinish. I’m just have put citristrip on my table before I saw what you recommened. I have just now put a second coat of citristrip on my table. I chose this product before I saw this article. I pick citristrip because I can’t handle some of the strong smells. I’m not sure on how it will turn out. I’m putting it on my finish table. If this doesn’t work out, what do you suggest since I already put it on my table. I have a hard time dealing with strong smells. Thank you for helping me.

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    • KRay

      Hi JoAnne, don’t worry! Citristrip will get the job done if you aren’t a fan of the strong chemical strippers. It will just take quite a few coats to remove all of the paint/finish from your piece. That’s the only reason I don’t recommend it here, I like strippers that work quickly! No worries though, I’m confident you’ll get your finish removed using it! Thanks so much for commenting, I’m happy to help 🙂 please feel free to ask away any future questions during your project. I’d love to see how it turns out!

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  • HayleyKaye

    I have such a terrible time with work like this as I have arthritis in my hands. But I genuinely feel like a lot of these tools might actually save my hands!!! Thank you for the post!

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