Lots of good advice here! I know not to uses strippers on wood I know what aircraft stripper does to metal and I wouldn't imagine using it. Also I didn't want to sand it all down by hand. The alcohol is the way I will go stripping it down. As for finish I'm gonna use shellac but I do want a red tint to it. With dyes I heard rut changed the formula and it doesn't work correctly, the only other thing I have seen to add the tint is iodine like they used in Russia, I saw use 4 parts iodine and 8 parts amber shellac and just keep brushing it on unroll I get the desired finish.