This is a section of table that we just finished working on. The complete table came to us to be stripped and have the veneer repaired. We did the stripping work just like we usually do. Unfortunately the veneer on this table was in much worse shape than any of us could tell while the finish was still on. You can see in this top picture how the veneer around the edges was flaking and peeling away from the wood underneath.
We ended up needing to pull all of the veneer off the center panels and replace it. We used a Rift Cut Red Oak Flitch veneer. This is the same kind of veneer that was originally on the table top. As you can see, the new veneer is much lighter in color than the old because it has not had time to age. This color difference will have to be addressed in the finishing process.