Many questions re maple table - burl or quilted or..?
Curious about this large 44 x 58 dining table with veneer top. The perimeter is bird's eye, but I'm not sure of the rest. I'm guessing mahagony or rosewood on the band? Would you say the center panels are burl or quilted? They are busier than plain maple but not quite like pictures I'm seeing of those veneers. In some light it is quite plain, but in other light it has shimmery depth and movement like the photo.
I will be refinishing the top (Photo is one of the leaves in pretty good shape) and have read much conflicting opinion about methods and products for finishing exotic maples. I want to optimize chatoyance but I need durability. Right now it is very glossy and I've read that gloss maximizes chatoyance but also read the opposite. Same conflicting info re sanding with some saying stop at 220 max and others going way up (but then some finishes won't stick?) Dye vs. stain vs. no stain? Linseed vs no oil? (I'm not keen on the flammability) Lacquer vs poly vs tung oil?
So much conflicting info out there - what sources do you trust?
I'll probably have lots of questions once finish reading and start stripping...