I like to restore old furniture, I have done quite a few in my time, however removing the old stain and varnish from tables etc can often be quite laboured and time consuming. I normally sand with a random orbit which works pretty well but it can still be a very long and extremely messy process. I tried an electric planer but even on the lowest setting this leaves cutting grooves between the strokes which then need to be sanded. Electric planers are really intended for narrow cuts such as door edges etc. Is there a tool which can quickly and effectively remove all the top layer of varnish and stain quickly and easily, a hand planer maybe?