Here's what I'm up to when you aren't watching ...
It's a slow and tedious job.
Sure, it will be very rewarding to see the staircase in all its vintage glory again but considering that just stripping one.single. spindle takes more than an hour, you know I must be a glutton for punishment. (And really, how many posts titled "Scraped another spindle - yay!" can you write ...or stand to read?)
There are 28 spindles.
And three sections of handrails.
I'll keep you posted but it'll likely take me a while.