I have not given up my search for the perfect stripping technique. This weekend, I am renting a Speedheater. So far, I am a fan. I heated the area, it bubbled, and the paint came off with relative ease. I can see that some of my moldings will be a little tough with this method but so far so good.
The scary thing is that this is instant gratification so far - every bit of paint has come off and it looks like a brand new raw piece of wood. I have never seen this kind of results from chemical strippers. It's kind of addictive - I may end up removing every bit of paint from the entire house.
The only concern I have is that you use a very sharp scraper to scrape the paint off once it is heated. During the scraping process, I have shaved a little of the wood off. In the flat surfaces, this is hardly noticeable but I can see that I might need to do some minor sanding before I begin applying finish. Right now, I am assuming that it just takes patience and careful work to keep from screwing up the wood. Does anyone out there have any other suggestions for the scraping?
After I get a bit more done, I will post some photos.