question about refinishing cherry desk
I bought a hideous desk at a garage sale with hopes that lurking under layers of paint and stain I'd find cherry... and I did! I've stripped the layers of paint and varnish off and I'm down to bare wood. Except it seems like there's still way-too-dark stain stuck in the pores of the wood. I'd rather not color the wood, and in fact I was planning to use boiled linseed oil and then wipe on poly to finish the desk.
So the question is:
1) How can I (or can I) remove the stain from the pores?
2) If I can't remove the stain from the pores, will the linseed oil darken the wood enough to disguise the leftover stain?
3) Does anyone have another suggestion?