I'm not starting on this project anytime soon, just beginning the pondering stage. I picked up this Wegner J16 rocker recently for cheap. It's beech with a lacquer finish, and I think it was used as a porch rocker because the lacquer on all front-facing parts is cracked and peeling but it's ok on the back. There are a few small splits in the wood here and there but all joints are still tight, amazingly enough.
I was thinking I'd strip the remaining lacquer and sand as needed to get down past the grayed, weathered wood---but how deep could that go? Am I looking at a billion hours of tedious, odious hand sanding? (I hate sanding.)
Would oxalic acid bleach the gray out? I'm guessing not. Originally I thought I'd do a soaped finish with some white pigment added for that really pale, raw wood color but obviously that won't work if the gray is very deep. I can see that even with heavy sanding, there may still be little veins of gray where those tiny splits are now. Never mind the few that are not so tiny. Black lacquer may be the solution. Or red---why not?
It's in storage right now, mostly to keep myself from doing some test sanding which I know will not be able to stop doing, and I have way more pressing work to do right now so I can't risk that.
Opinions? Facts? Anything?