I have finally finished the last Christmas gift that needs to get shipped! I built three nesting serving trays following the plans and instructions in Wood Magazine. The surface is cork (as suggested in the plans) adhered to a 1/4-inch thick piece of hardboard. These are for my sister and her husband whose kitchen cabinets are a dark cherry. I didn’t have any dark cherry, so I decided to try staining some Oak. I used RustOleum’s product called Varathane Wood Stain – Black Cherry. I’m pretty pleased with the results and look forward to seeing if they match my sister’s kitchen. We finished the trays with three coats of polycrylic with a light sanding between coats. I found it interesting that we removed some color, espcially at the edges, while lightly sanding the first coat of polycrylic.
I say “we”, because I brought these inside after final sanding where my wife took over with the staining and finishing. It is fun to have her involved and she does a good job!