Sharing, just in case it helps save you a heart attack !
I was working on my Aztec Table Runner, and I convinced my lazy self that I'd be careful and would not Need to use newspaper for protection. Ahh well... I got permanent marker on my pretty table. I have had three different guests having tea with me on that table after that...but I let them assume that the child must have done it...just like he messes up the rest of the house.. splashes on the wall, my dirty oven, expired yogurt in the fridge..the kid does it all..I like to believe. Don't judge me yet!
Here's what I found works best, without damaging the finished Wood :