In this picture, you can see that the top has been sanded and I am working on the sides. The finish on this thing was extremely hard. I would assume that it was old fashioned varnish, but I am not sure. I would have to re-sharpen my scraper about every minute of use. Once I got the finish off, the stain would then sand. I had a company here in the area make some custom stain.
This is the drawer finished. I had to purchase a few new knobs as the old ones were not oak.