Stripping an old German grandfather case

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  1. wow

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    I picked this old Mathias Baurle clock years ago. I am pulling out projects to work on during this Corona quarantine. Decided E142EA50-0F70-404F-BE29-9044316B628D.jpeg 2058DFF4-E489-4390-9965-D27C50BA8A3A.jpeg to get this one going. Has a great time/strike movement with original weights, dial, and pendulum. Many of these had a dark finish over nice tiger oak. I want to strip that finish enough to be able to see the nice grain. I don’t know what they used, but it’s very difficult to get out of the grain. I already used Kutzit with steel wool and got this far. Any suggestions on something that will get it off? Here are photos of the case:
     
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    I don't see any Tiger Oak, do you? I think this was not a fine hardwood and meant to be painted. Black in this case. I could, of course, be wrong.
     
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    Thanks for responding. Yes, it’s hard to see, but it is built out of solid oak. There are sections that have more prominent wide tiger oak grain than others but it’s there. It was never painted, but a dark stain of some sort is deep in the grain. I do not know what to try. I could sand it, but would rather get that stuff out and then do a fine grade sanding followed by a good refinishing. Suggestions appreciated.
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    Well, FYI, I googled how to remove deep stain from wood and found that straight chlorine bleach is highly recommended. Got an old bristle paint brush and a bottle of bleach and tried it on a small piece first. Amazing! Here’s what I have now after one coat:

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    Now you're getting there. Anxious to see how it comes out.
     
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    I rotated those pics for you. Quite a project you have going there!
     
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    Thanks, Shutt. Something to do during corona.
     
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    Just a thought....Leaving some of the dark finish in the grain can help retain some of the aging.
     
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    Did you try citrustrip? I have saved some real bad pieces with it. You slather it on and wrap with plastic wrap for about 30 minutes and then use a PLASTIC putty knife to scrape off the citrustrip I have used metal and messed up some pieces, don’t learn the hard way! Use denatured alcohol to clean up residue. I have done the bleach method and it was rarely successful.
     
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    Thanks for the info, Korinne. I will buy some and try it on my next one. Been spending my spare time on this one. Had lots of spare time with the corona thing. Here’s what I have so far. Still need to order a convex glass and have a piece cut for the door. It came out better than I expected.

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    Yea, now we're talking, I'm impressed.
     

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