This type of finish is by far one of the hardest to remove. The makers spray an overcoat of stain on the piece to give everything a uniform look (masking the effect of the contrast of the border) and then spray several coats on the table to get a thick, glass like finish that is hard and difficult to remove. Below is a photo of the table as it came to me: In this photo you can see the scratches as well as the banding to the right. After some persistence, The finish was removed. Below is a photo of the top with the finish removed.
Here is the top after it had been sanded:
Staining a piece like this is a little involved. Rather than staining the whole top one color, I used tape to mask off the different sections and accent the contrast in the two different veneers. The photos below show the process.
First, I taped off the light areas.
Second, I stained the inner section.
Here is a photo of the inner section stained and the tape removed.
Afterwards, the banding is stained to match the color of the base.
Here is a photo of the top stained.