It seems like someone is always bringing in broken chairs to my woodshop with the hope that it can be repaired. Here is the latest piece:
Fortunately, this piece was old enough where the glue in the joints failed. I was able to knock apart all the pieces.
The wood underneath is old (more than 100 years). It is probably mahogany or cherry. Good stuff.
I use chemical strippers rarely. They are messy and a pain.
In a lot of cases, I sand off the finish to the bare wood. On spindles like the ones on the front of this chair, I chuck them up in the lathe and turn almost all surfaces.
I let the owner select the stain color from several samples I put on the bottom of the chair.
It took less than 10 days to complete this repair and refinish.