New to the site, so this may be posted wrong.
I too am refinishing an old cedar chest that belonged to my wife's mother. This chest survived a fire about 65+ years ago, it was never attempted to retouch it for the entire time. I have recently retired and am now working in the wood shop that I have tried to have all my life. I have already started sanding the chest (seems the only thing that burned was the finish on the front). I have used a stripper to remove most of the rest of the finish.
I too want that real cedar look, but it seems quite faded. I was considering a wash with food grade hydrogen peroxide, to bring out the grain (or at least this is what I was told), anyone ever tried that trick?
Gonna use tung oil to finish it!