Did I strip my maple table enough?
I originally posted on March 7th about a beautiful maple dining table made in the 1930's-1940's that I wanted to refinish. I had to end of removing the sticky, ruined top with a chemical stripper that removed the heavy build-up since mineral spirits and a "varnish dissolver" (can't remember the real name) didn't do anything. What I am now left with is a very smooth top that shows the grain of the boards, but the amount of stain still in/on the wood is uneven, i.e., half of the board has more stain where the grain is "wider". This is my first ever job, so I don't know when to stop applying coats of stripper (two so far). Do I keep stripping the wood until it is "blond" like natural maple? My eventual plans are to restain it, so if the wood is uneven in its color, will that result in a terrible look at the end? I've gone through these posts and have read "Refinishing for a first-timer", but am still not sure. Thank you for your help.