I got the base of the table stripped this week. It is suppose to rain the next couple days, so I had to take advantage of the nice weather today and get to sanding. I still have the two sides (that hold the top tier) to sand and finish working on the drawer. I've got a coat of (oil) varnish on the second tier and I'll wipe that down tonight and let it cure. Here's the before stripping and sanding and the after. I'm so glad to have gotten to this point--a lot of work.