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Forum topic by kaline posted 11-18-2009 09:35 PM 1072 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2009 09:35 PM

Hi all,

I made a small (6×10”) box out of cherry with wenge keys. I’m looking for suggestions on what I should use to finish the piece. Most of the time I’m either painting or putting clear poly on my pieces, so I haven’t dealt much with other finishes.

Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 11-19-2009 12:45 AM

I would use boiled linseed oil first, then either amber shellac or a wipe on poly similiar to the maloof formula.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 01:07 AM

Ditto to what Julian said. That is how I routinely finish my cherry pieces.

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 08:40 AM

forget the poly it’s not a piece that will receive a lot of handling and abuse thru the ages. Just shellac or linseed oil dried for a aweek or 2 then shellac. the oil will give it that aged look right now. KB1KNOB

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 08:52 AM

If the cherry has any variation in color that you would like to blend I would suggest Cherry colored Danish oil, two or three coats. If the color is good just use plain danish oil. Let it dry for a week and then you can either put on a paste wax and buff to a nice shine or seal it with a shellac, or poly. If you don’t top coat to seal it the cherry will darken much faster. It will darken eventually regardless.

-- Les B, Oregon

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