Thanks for the information, i think im going to go for the same approach as you have.
The joint is very good and i think its only one place where its got in that way, its just lifted i think as you can clearly see two different types of varnish. A very brittle one with a newer stretchy layer on top. Its also got the hardwoord strips. Well i’ve removed a bit more and its all drying well.
One other question the underside of the wood has been painted white and thats all coming away too, should i leave it with no paint or remove all that and then paint again?
Thanks again Matt 🙂