great tutorial on how to refinish old wood furniture. it is WAY easier than i thought! http://www.jonpeters.com/ I recently refinished a Mahogany writing desk, I used Zip Strip to remove the old finish.
Simple and Cheap Homemade Method to Refinish Wooden Furniture Olive or Vegetable Oil – About ¾ cup White or Apple Cider Vinegar – About ¼ cup Just mix together and dip a rag into the mixture. Then, just wipe your furniture down with it.