From what I can see of the base I would say tulip poplar like Jason. Tulip poplar was used for painted furniture as well as veneered furniture. It takes stain beautifully and if I were you I would stain it to match the furniture it will be used with.
It is an interesting piece and IMO is worth the $60 (Canadian) you paid for it and the time and expense of stripping it.
Let us see it when you finish it.
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