Help - DUX Table Refinish Issue
Need some help/advice with this DUX coffee table I picked up this weekend at a little shop. It's in great structural shape, but someone had painted it long ago which left it kind of glossy/slick and varied shades of light brown. Given that, I figured I could take it home and put some work into it to restore it to its former glory.
I removed the top from the base, stripped the paint and what stain left underneath it and was feeling encouraged when I started peeling it away. That was until I reached an area that showed a dark ring. I was a bit disheartened, but thought I could try oxalic acid to lighten the ring once I got everything cleaned up. As I moved further down the surface, I was greeted with more bad news as I found an area that had more dark rings and a small section that appears to be damaged.
Here is where I need the help. I'm assuming that this area was sanded down before being painted, but I'm curious if this is a case of:
1. The table having a thin veneer on top and being over sanded?
2. This portion of the table top being sanded in the wrong direction?
3. Wood filler that was added and sanded down?
The photos below show the damaged area first, the dark rings second and a photo of the spotty paint job that was there before stripping.
My question is what are my options here? Is the table top ruined or can this issue be addressed somehow? Is painting the top my only option? I'm not a fan of paint jobs to pieces like this, but if that's the only way to salvage the top, it's better than going unused.
I hate to sound naive, but I'm no expert in refinishing/restoring so any light that someone can shed on the situation would be greatly appreciated.