I have my granddad's old table. It's nothing fancy so I'm not worried about loosing value. It was either a piece he bought unfinished or he built it himself in the mid 50s-60s and put a light stain and a varnish or a shellac to finish it.
This table has seen countless family dinners, board games and more through the years and shows it's age in spots where the finish is starting to peel. I would like to refinish it to help protect it for another 50+ years. I also want to put a darker stain on it.
Ultimately the question is: What is the easiest way to remove the existing finish while maintaining the look of a table that has survived generations of loving use?