I have an old table (end table-ish size) that has been in the family for years. It was made around the turn of the century as a wooing gift(Hehe they were practicle farmer type people). He wasn’t a carpenter or cabinet maker(Farmer), so it’s a little uneven, and a little wobbly, but it’s the kind of family thing that you kind of have to keep.
I use it as a nightstand by my bed, becuase I never usually put anything there, to protect it. It has some diamondy shaped slats as part of the top surface. I has assumed it was all the same wood because it’s all stained the same red color, but apparently not.
Anyway last night I was thirsty and put a glass of water on it before bed. I woke up in the night hearing a big crash, realized I had knocked it over, but was asleep again before cleaning it up. So now most of the table is just as it was, but there is a diamond shaped area that is completely grey, correspoding to one of the slats.
What kind of wood/stain combination causes it to be that volitile after a hundred years, while the stain on the rest of the wood is uneffected?