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Old 09-26-2011, 07:52 AM
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Default Removing veneer from cedar chest

I have a cedar chest that was in a flood recently. When I got to it, most of the veneer on the sides was peeled up, so I pulled off what I could. Now that it's dry I'd like to get working on refinishing it.
What would be the best way to get the remaining veneer on the sides and top off and what tools will I need?
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:47 PM
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The first question is what kind of wood is under the veneer? Does it look nice and is it worth refinishing. To get off the old veneer, it probably will be a little bit of a challenge. My guess is that a good strong putty knife or a wide blade chisel used gently might do the trick. Post a photo to give us an idea of what you are up against.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:26 PM
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It is cedar under the veneer. I went down to take pictures of it, and a friend wound up helping me scrape up all the veneer.

Here's my pictures so far:
A day after the flooding - it got wet inside, but did float, so the top never got wet.


With some veneer peeled off:


A little bit of warping on the lower corners:


All the veneer removed:


I know it needs a good sanding and I don't plan on getting new veneer for it.
So, now I'm down to needing to remove whatever finish/stain that's on the bottom portion and the edges of the lid.
What is a good product for removing the finish off the bottom portion? I'd like to strip the stain out if possible.

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