Stripping an old table down can be time consuming. You'll need 80 grit to 120 grit sand paper. The 80 grit makes short work of removing the old stain (best done w/ electric sanders as doing by hand can really scratch the surface). The 120 grit does real nice at at making it smooth. 240 grit sand paper was used between the 2 coats of stain and between the 2 coats of clear finish. Save you ears and wears protection, and your lungs by wearing a mask and don't forget the all important eye protection.