I wont say anything about a screw build because I havent done one, but to remove the finish from the furniture there are a few things you can use. If you want to use a stripper, a spraycan of kleenstrip works perfectly for me, with almost no effort. On the furniture I did today, I didnt feel like using chemicals, so I just used my orbital sander and dremel instead. That actually took less time than stripping it, and you dont have to wait for the wood to dry before refinishing it.
By the way, welcome!