Step 4: Step Two
The furniture I am working on is worn and rustic. I can be a little more agressive cleaning it. By the same token, since it is so worn and dry, the marker stains are in pretty deep. I applied laquer thinner to a piece of ### steel wool. Again work in the direction of the grain. If you are working on a piece with a nicer finish you should not use anything coarser than 0000. You will leave a dull spot in the finish if you overwork it. You certainly do not want to make your furniture worse.
I normally would not suggest sandpaper except that I am using it on this particular project. There were some pretty dark marker stains that penetrated where no finish was present to act as a barrier. Since I am going to restain the cabinet I am going a step further and sanding some of the particularly nasty spots. After all, not one side of the three tables was spared marker, pen or crayola damage. If possible, I will update with a picture of the table stained and finished.
I hope this was helpful. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions. Thanks!