Strange light spots on stripped oak table..

8 Dec 2012
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United Kingdom
I'm restoring/refinishing an old oak refectory table, I've strip all the dark lacquer off and the sanded down to the bare wood but I'm left with a few strange light spots, is this the natural colour f be oak, what I should be hoping to achieve across the whole piece or is it something else?

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are you referring to the different coloured planks or the scratch lines crossing the planks
or something else :?: :?:
Looks like remains of water damage , try ironing with a cloth or tissue over the top.Keep iron moving to avoid scorching.
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It could be time to get brutal with a 4" belt sander Fox is right the wood has swelled making high spots ,which are cleaned of first ,hence the cleaner finish on the water marks,this is the true colour

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