|Forum topic by Woodoc||posted 08-03-2015 04:39 AM||658 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
08-03-2015 04:39 AM
I’m building a cherry bookcase for my grandchildren and have reached the finishing stage. It is constructed of cherry ply with solid cherry edge-banding, face frame, and molding. There is a noticeable difference in the shade of the cherry veneer versus the solid cherry. (This became even more disturbing when i wet the wood with distilled water to raise the grain.)
I tried a lye solution on scraps of the ply along side some solid cherry and was very pleased with the result. The two woods became an almost perfect match. I was getting ready to apply it to my project when it occurred to me that I had used a “stainable filler” to fill finishing nail holes in the case as well as some very thin openings in my less than perfect joinery.
I’m guessing the lye will have a completely different effect on the filler than it does on the cherry. I’m sure the filled areas will really stand out with this method. I was wondering if I should continue as planned and try to use those colored pens that furniture stores use to cover up scratches or is there another, better, solution for balancing the two shades of cherry?
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