Re-finish Oak question?
I have an oak coffee table I want to refinish in a darker cherry color. Right now it looks like it was stain neutral or light oak and then varnished/PU'd. I need help what is the best way to prep this thing - two questions, or one long depending on how you read it.
Would it be best to just sand the surface before staining, or should I us a liquid stripper? If I use a stripper I'm worried about cleaning it up (i.e., using water) without raising the grain of the wood. Any help greatly appreciated.