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Our cabin has rough cut cedar paneling indoors that sheds "splinters" whenever someone rubs up against it   Or a vpehwbed is against the wall. Some of the walls are angled as it is an A Frame design. I can't even vacuum these rough walls without being besieged by wood splinters.  I would like to paint, seal or sand these walls so they are smooth. They are indoors and a very cheap grade of cedar. Replacing them is not an option. Any suggestions?

Hey Cindy, there is no easy answer for your dilemma....Cedar is quite soft, and sanding it is possible, but would be a huge headache and mess...replacing is always an's wood,.... and certainly covering it over is also an option, being rough cut, there's no coating that will transform it into a smooth surface without resurfacing the boards..removing the paneling, running it through a thickness planer, and reapplying it has also been done, if it's typical blind nailed tongue and groove, it's labor intensive but possible...wish I had a magic back if need be- regards- Greg


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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects,Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings,wood species recognition,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002)-("27 year compilation of expert know-how"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

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Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT.(the Antiques capital of CT.)
Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies.For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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