Re-attaching curled veneer and refinishing table
I have a small side table that belonged to my grandmother. It has a book-matched center (walnut or cherry?), with edges in a contrasting burled light wood. The finish on the top and edge is basically gone. The rest of the table is perfect: needs nothing. I remember a relative "helping out" Grandma by covering the table with contact paper back in the 60's, but that must have been because the finish was shot. Regardless...the table came down to me. I removed the contact paper carefully. Though the finish is gone, the veneer is flat, except for two places on opposite sides of the table, where there are joins. The veneer and the thin wood substrate it is attached to have curled up.
I want to refinish the table. What is the best way to re-attach those edges curling up before I tackle the finish? Due to their position on the edge, clamping will be easy. I have dry hide glue somewhere: is that better than using wood glue? Could someone explain the procedure to me?
Regarding the refinishing: I have never refinished anything made of veneer before. Should I use stripper or just carefully sand the remaining finish off?
Thanks for your help.