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Posted on Choosing finish for Cherry woodwork?

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 05:02 AM

I’ve built a lot of stuff out of cherry, I love it. I’ve landed on two “finishing” approaches. I like just plain cherry, no color added, poly wipe 4-5 coats, that’s it. My second and perhaps favorite is to wipe it down with Potassium Dichromate 50% diluted. This ages the cherry almost instantly. Then I wipe in a Liberon Furniture Oil (pricey but great) or the top coat of your choice. I like the Potassium Dichromate be cause it not only instantly ages the wood But it keeps the color as the piece naturally ages. They say it’s toxic so I always wear a mask and gloves but it’s water based so clean up is a snap. Worth a try. You may never go back to stain. Here’s what it looks like.

-- Ken

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