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#1 posted 2131 days ago

DON’T STAIN IT!!! If you’ll put it in the sun after you’ve built the basket. After about 6 to 8 hours it will turn a rich redish brown. If you want it darker keep putting it in the sun, it will only take a few days and then put on a clear finish like pure tung oil, blo, danish oil, or even a poly. just make sure you keep turning the wood to get an even tan.
But it your set on staining, I would sand to at least 320 grit, 400 would be better and then using a conditioner wouldn’t hurt. Cherry is alot like maple, the grain can move around on you and you will either get figure like fiddleback or blotchiness.
I have stained cherry before, but only because a lady paid me to. personally i wouldn’t, cherry is one of the prettiest woods you can work with.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com


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