I am working on a project with some cherry and was considering using lye to “stain” the cherry for a instant darker tone. I am testing on a few scrap pieces, and wondering how to deal with end grain. The end grain soaks up the lye solution so fast, it gets much darker than the faces. My process with other techniques has been to put a seal coat of 1# shellac on the end grain, but even a light solution of lye eats right through that. What are you supposed to do, or what am I missing?