When "Furniture Stripping" there are many things to watch out for.
You have followed carefully my instructions for cleaning antique furniture, but are not satisfied?
Perhaps the finish is crazed and broken down due to sunlight, it has had a coat of paint, or you just prefer the piece to look more respectable.
If you don't feel confident - then please use a restorer - it will save you much heart ache (and much money)!
You really must know what surface is underneath the finish you are wanting to strip.
Let's say you have a Victorian chest of drawers...painted white.
Well you can be fairly certain that under the white paint is veneer - or perhaps solid wood - but it is unlikely to be pine.
I know here in Germany it was the fashion to paint everything white around the 1920s - this happened in the better houses, so it was unlikely they would have had pine furniture.
Pine furniture was often painted later on in the 1940's and then not always white, especially after the war when people hadn't the money to buy new but wanted things to look different.
Of course much early furniture was also painted - especially in the south of Germany.
I am just trying to make the point here - that it is very important before 'furniture stripping' to determine what lies under the paint!
The important point here is - what wood are you stripping?
Hardwood - cherry, mahogany, walnut, oak etc. should not be dipped - even if it is solid wood. Don't do it!
Paint or varnish can be removed using scrapers if you want to avoid chemical methods.
I do not recommend sanding any finish off - all you do is heat up what's underneath which makes it even harder to clean.
Varnish will mostly need paint stripper as well.
Shellac can be removed using spirits or alcohol.
Oil and Wax can be washed off with turpentine - or your hardware store might have a liquid wax remover.
I cannot repeat this enough -
Whatever project it is you have - Plan Ahead!