The wife’s mission to obtain a headboard has overrun my opportunity to make her one. This is decided. She found a style at Ethan Allen that she likes, but despises the stain they put on it. Ethan Allen claims that there are “minerals” in the wood that cause black, ball-point pen spot reactions to the stain- sounds like ‘hoo-ee’ to me. I’ve seen examples of stained maple in FWW magazine, and there are no black spots.
Does anyone know the mechanics of the “Ethan Allen top secret gov-mint minerals”? If so, would I sand off the top coat/stain coat and slather the piece with oxalic acid to remove it? That’s my guess, but I’m an oil ‘n wax guy, so I just don’t know.
To answer the obvious question- no. Ethan Allen will not special order the headboard with a clear poly finish. It comes from the factory in a choice of “Fawn” or “Sierra”. “Natural” isn’t an option, but “Obscuring” is.