Hi everyone, new to the forum here and seeking some advice. I recently found a lovely dining table at a thrift store and would like to refinish it. I have no real experience with this kind of thing so please bear with me if some of my questions are foolish! The table is teak veneer, Danish modern from the 1960s. It has quite a few rings, scratches and stains on it, and an area where the finish seems to have been worn off (photos linked).
1. How should I go about removing the existing finish? I believe that it is just teak oil but not sure. I have an orbital sander but I’m not opposed to the idea of sanding by hand if there’s a risk of wearing through the veneer.
2. How can I remove the dark stains? There are dark blotches on the tabletop that I’d like to remove; I assume they won’t sand out. I’ve read about using oxalic acid to remove stains like this; would that be a good solution? Would another product be better?
3. How should I finish the table? The table currently is very susceptible to scratches and water damage; ideally, I’d like a surface that I can dine on without a tablecloth and not have to be too precious about it. I like the look of the current finish: it isn’t glossy and shows off the beauty of the wood, but at the end of the day, I want a table that I can rest a glass on without a coaster.
Thanks for reading! Please let me know if I’ve missed any relevant details!