I recently won an antique dental table from a local on-line auction. It was AWESOME, except for the top. Below is a photo from the auction. I couldn't even tell what the top was (or if it were -gag- blood-stained).
It turns out that it was felt, and the reddish areas were the true color of the felt.
Here (another auction photo) is the underside of the table. Fortunately the lovely oak with the great patina was only a "frame" to the pine with the felt glued on. You can see that by removing the oak "frame" (carefully) I was able to sand the felt off of the pine surface without touching the outside oak.
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