I recently purchased some beautiful bedroom furniture which is all solid aromatic cedar.
The exteriors of each piece (such as drawer faces and the visible surfaces of the bed frame) are all covered in a thick plastic-looking poly which has darkened the wood from it's natural matt sand and brick coloring to glossy dark manila and even darker orange.
The interior of each piece (such as inside the drawers and the wall-facing surface of the headboard) appear to be completely untreated and look exactly how I want the entire set to appear.
All of the wood is thick enough that sanding away the finished surface would probably reveal the natural wood that I desire, but the finish is very thick where it is present, so I would like to remove some of it chemically before applying what is likely to be several weeks worth of elbow grease.
So my question goes out to those of you who have experience refinishing aromatic cedar...
How would you suggest I proceed with safely removing this finish?