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#1 posted 12-22-2012 02:29 PM

my .02 is what I do on all cherry, I do not like the mismatched colors unless i intend it to be so. To me it just looks what it is, mismatched, and I have tried to let it age, and sorry to disagree, if its lighter now it will always be lighter. However often it can be a simple case of one piece being planed a little more than the other. Cherry darkens as it ages, even if unplaned, and depending on how deep you go when planing, or how long the material has been sawn, can also make a difference. Meaning a piece of cherry that has been sawn for 2 years , VS one sawn 1 year , you can get a varience in color. The other issue is where it came from, meaning, trees like anything else can vary depending on the soil it grew in. The thing that determins the color is the amount of tannins . All of this said, I just cant afford to risk it, so dye all my cherry , and most of my cherry is ” Natural” cherry, so I select the closest color match i can get, , then I dye it to a color that matches approx 3 year old cherry, and let mother nature take it from there. Has been my MO for many many years.

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