I hope you can help me with the proper technique to refinish this table.
It is really solid - it weighs, I would guess, between 70-80 pounds so it isn't made of some light-weight wood (the table is 5.6x2).
Will the type of wood made a big difference in the products I use?
Does anyone recognize the type of wood this might be?
The table top also seems to have had some drawing or painting on the top which has been almost
stripped away. There certainly isn't any hope of recovering the design so I'm thinking that I'm going to have to eliminate it entirely. It is pretty faint. The photo I'm posting below is heavily adjusted to give you an idea. This is the darkest part that still exists - it covers about 2 square inches.
If I stain the table a dark color (would that be a good choice?) will I need to sand? otherwise remove? this design before staining?
Any advice appreciated!
Here are the photos: