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Removing varnish on carved piece

I have a 9"x14" carving of a sailing ship that was once part of a coffee table. It's about 50 years old. It's carved in an oval on a 1" piece of some sort of close-grained wood. It has a really dark stain that appears to be covered with some sort of varnish.

There are a lot of small spaces that I don't think I could sand.I'm having trouble getting the dirt out of them! Any ideas about how to remove the finish without ruining the piece?


Re: Removing varnish on carved piece

Try going to a hardware store and getting a dental tool with very fine points. They are easy to use and if your careful are great for small detail work.

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