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I am doing a similar project to yours right now. Our dining room table is oak and was my Grandmothers, then my Mom's and now mine. It's 61 years old. I have seen it over the years in different states of paint and stain. Right now it and the 4 chairs were a real dark brown stain from the 1980's. Ugly. So I have been stripping the chairs one at a time and will do the table last. I have 3 chairs done. I am using an oil based Minwax stain colored "Gunstock". It leans toward the red end of stains. Then I have been putting on 3 coats of Oil Gloss Poly on them. They are shiny!
When I get to the table, I will probably put 3 coats of Poly on the legs and the sides of the top, but at least 6 coats on the table top. I made a headboard for our bed years ago and put 6 coats of gloss Poly on it, and it shines like glass.
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