I want to refinish my kitchen table that I just received second hand. It is a 2″ thick x 5′-0″ diameter maple butcher block. I tried sanding it down with 120 grit, and my sandpaper just gummed up. So I put on a coat of citrus gel paint stripper. I let it soak in for 5 hours. Afterwards I scraped it off and cleaned the surface with a odorless mineral spirits and then let it evaporate overnight. The next day I tried to sand it again and the same thing happened. I decided to try a more aggressive sandpaper and used a 36 grit on my belt sander. Same results, it just gummed up. Now the table has blotches and it’s all gummed up and looks terrible. When I questioned the previous owner, they told me they have been rubbing it down using baby oil for the past three years! I’d hate to think it’s a lost cause.
Edited 12/10/2008 6:45 pm ET by jeffreyg582