Need some refinishing advice. I am refinishing a china cabinet for a friend and the finish is badly dried and cracked (see picture). We estimate that the unit is from about 1930, but don’t know if it’s ever been refinished. I haven’t seen it yet, so I’m not sure if it’s solid wood or veneer. Not sure of the wood type either.
What’s the best way to remove the old vinish…sanding it or using chemical stripping? If chemicals, what’s recommended (and preferably safe). If it’s veneer, I’m concerned about the sanding since it’s not hard to burn through to the substrate. I’m not worried about keeping the same stain or color and would prefer to get to the raw wood underneath anyway then restain.