strip / refinish 1950s table?
I recently got a 1950s(?) mahogany (maybe cherry?) jb van sciver dining room table from my Grandmother. It has a lot of white heat marks (shellac finish?), including one I made with a pizza box, and maybe some water circles. Someone splattered some paint on it at some point. I'm guessing it was cared for with linseed oil, or other cheap store bought products - there's some weird clumpyness at the bottom of the legs (wax?).
I was thinking I'd use a stripper, and then a durable finish so I can show off my beautiful table instead of always covering with a pad and cloth it to protect it.
Any suggestions on stripping and/or refinishing?