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Dichromate Stained Cherry Buffet

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Project by WheelsAF posted 02-21-2016 10:49 PM 1453 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This buffet was constructed from solid cherry (frame and top) and shop-made veneer plywood panels all around. I used traditional mortise/tenon joints and dovetailed drawers (front and back). The stain was a wash of potassium dichromate and the finish is shellac (as a conditioner) with Minwax wipe-on poly and wax (applied with steel wool and then buffed). The only unusual construction technique I tried was the use of UHMW plastic film tape with wooden side hung drawer slides. So far, the drawers are working very nicely.
If you are interested in more info on the staining technique, look up “Chemical Stains” by Bruce Wedlock.





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#1 posted 02-22-2016 12:34 AM

Beautiful … Just beautiful.

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 01:48 AM

Stunning

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 02:12 AM

Very good build, I love the Cherry, it works good and looks Beautiful. congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 02:52 AM

ditto Exelectrician’s comments.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 03:14 AM

Thanks all. That means a lot.

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 03:33 AM

I like that a lot. I’m curious about the tape and the drawer slides. What do you mean there?

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 05:36 AM

Very beautiful, straight and clean lines, nice finish.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 02-22-2016 11:12 AM

Very nice! Potassium dichromate on cherry, is the best way I’ve found to give cherry the color everyone wants.

-- We all have a moral obligation to make the world a better place, through integrity and disposition. " be joyful, and the world becomes a better place!"

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#9 posted 02-22-2016 03:30 PM

looks great

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#10 posted 02-22-2016 03:44 PM

This buffet is very attractive and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 02-22-2016 05:39 PM

I have been wanting to try Potassium Dichromate for a while now. Usually I just take advantage of the Southwest sunshine for a week.

How well can it be used to blend lighter/darker cherry? I’m looking for a method besides using carefully applied dyes.

Oh, yeah, awesome buffet!

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WheelsAF

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#12 posted 02-22-2016 08:34 PM

Thanks alI I appreciate the feedback.
Jasonallen, I will take a couple of pics and provide a description soon.
Splinter group, it doesn’t do much for blending…if anything it accentuates the difference between sap and heartwood. A little experimentation goes a long way…and its fun!

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#13 posted 02-22-2016 08:43 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#14 posted 02-22-2016 09:22 PM

Great looking piece!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#15 posted 02-22-2016 11:24 PM

Stunning

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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