We received a hand-me down solid-oak amish made table from some family friends for free. The table is in good condition but has suffered some abuse and normal wear and tear over the years. Some of the finish has worn off, and there are some light scuffs/scratches on the surface as well.
My plan was to attack the finish using chemical stripper and a putty knife, and then do a final pass with orbital sander to knock down any remaining rough areas/scratches, but am interested in other tips/tricks to remove stubborn old finish as well. Once that's done i'll stain close to original color and put a few coats of poly down for protection.
You can also see there is some distress that has been artificially added (at least I think it's man made) by the way of scratches/pinholes, along with 1/16-1/8" grooves between planks running length wise. How should I plan on removing any existing finish from these spots? Wire brush? Scraping with a pick? Looking for some ideas here.
And here's the table.