I received 2 Selig chairs and an ottoman from my mother that were my grandmothers. I would like some help with identifying the style, identifying the wood, how best to strip and refinish them, how many straps this design took (they are the 45 slots), and how the wood dowel system works on the ottoman. The finish is in rough shape. They were originally black with the grain showing through, and the spindles on the back are almost a greenish color. Pretty sure they are lacquered. What is the easiest way to strip lacquer? I've read denatured alcohol is less messy for lacquer and doesn't leave the gooey mess a lot of other strippers do If they are beech I will probably ebonize them, but if they are a different wood that is easier to stain I'd love some advice on what to use on them. My bet is beech or birch.
15 Jan 2018