A black finish won’t darken your woodworking rep

Though it pains me to hide all that beautiful grain, I’ve got a honey-do request for painted black furniture. I’m thinking of using an open-pored wood, like ash, to ensure that the wood grain (and therefore proof of my handiwork) shows through. Is there a traditional ebonizing formula that might let me salvage some woodworking credibility?

Submitted by WOODreader2