Waterlox Cherry and Walnut Countertop

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Forum topic by SkiTique posted 01-12-2016 02:44 AM 1218 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2016 02:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: waterlox countertop finishing

Hello Everyone,

I’m somewhat new to woodworking and new to the forum. I just finished a 7’x4’ Walnut and Cherry counter top for our kitchen island. The boss(my wife) wasn’t expecting such a large contrast between the cherry and walnut. I was planning to use Waterlox for the finish, is there a way that I can darken the cherry more to get a deeper red color to come out?

I have never used the Waterlox product before, but have heard great things about it for countertops. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 01-12-2016 02:51 AM

Exposure to ultraviolet light will darken cherry quickly. And it will continue ton darken for years.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 03:27 AM

Why change? Walnut and Cherry are very nice woods that compliment each other, the cherry will darken in time. Educate the wife!!!

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 04:04 AM

Yeah, exactly. Tell your wife to wait a year and see how she feels about the contrast. It will darken some with a finish, but time will do the rest. Walnut and cherry are my favorite combination of woods.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 05:24 AM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice. I’ll upload some pictures one I get a few coats on it.

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 12:53 PM

The wood whisperer has a video on aging/darkening wood, might be what you’re looking for.

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#6 posted 01-12-2016 01:23 PM

Interesting video, I didn’t know baking soda would do that.

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#7 posted 01-12-2016 01:31 PM

I have not used the Waterlox finish. If it has UV inhibitors then it will slow the darkening of the cherry.

Like the previous posters I would suggest trying to convince the Boss to appreciate the colors instead of wanting to change them.

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#8 posted 01-12-2016 03:55 PM

I really like the look of Waterlox, but be aware it has a strong odor that takes a long time to dissipate, as in months.
I would leave it in the shop or elsewhere for at least a few weeks before installing in the kitchen.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#9 posted 01-12-2016 04:16 PM

Walnut also lightens a bit with age, so it should even out quite a bit.

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