Hi Christine, that looks like damage from someone trying to break in...like from kicking the door...but it would have to be looked at closely, as the strange colored paint on the edge is also suspect.
Hey Colin, sorry for the late reply. I would take some mineral spirits and wipe down the table...if it looks wonderful when wet, (it likely will), then you can find some Watco Danish oil finish in Medium
Hey Joe was this an Oak strip floor?...Pine?...I'm assuming unfinished and freshly sanded....sounds like a classic case of the stain applied too heavily, and not allowed to fully dry before the first coat
Hey Carol, advising you to sand the table is definitely a wrong answer...it looks like it just has a dry stain wash on it, which offers very little protection at all. "Moisturizing" the wood is a misnomer
Hi Mary, restoring such a surface can be labor intensive, but it is very likely that you can achieve good results. Old shellac can be cleaned with denatured alcohol, but keep in mind that alcohol is the