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02-15-2016 04:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry question shaker

I built new cherry doors and drawers for my bathroom vanity and finished them with BLO. After 2 months on the sun porch, they still aren’t dark enough. I’m hoping for a brown like the cherry bowl on the right, which was finished with only mineral oil. I don’t wan’t to lose the pretty grain. My previous projects with shellac always end up alligatored. Any advice?

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#1 posted 02-15-2016 05:42 PM

Patience, it will get there, takes about a year and with out any effort on your part.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 02-15-2016 06:55 PM

Patience – can you buy that from Rockler?

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#3 posted 02-15-2016 09:03 PM

Yes you can get some patience from Rockler just go there when they are having a good sale and stand in one of their long lines with a new checker.That will teach ya some patience.:)
Btw very nice looking doors.I love the color.

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#4 posted 02-15-2016 09:08 PM

Either wait or get some dye, but they may end up too dark in a few years.

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 01:32 AM

I’m thinking you ought not rush things. Those doors and that book match pair are to attractive to mess with. They look really great now, enjoy them.

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#6 posted 02-16-2016 01:39 AM

I agree, those doors are beautiful.

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 03:36 AM

Is your cherry from the same type of Cherry tree? In Maryland we have “black cherry” growing all over. But when I go to Woodcraft and buy cherry, theirs is a much lighter color of cherry. When I tried to mix the two there was a very obvious difference in color that no amount of sun tanning will ever change.

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#8 posted 02-16-2016 03:52 AM

Try Baking soda

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 12:31 PM

Jim’s suggestion has value, several chemicals will darken cherry. The thing that concerns me is that you have applied BLO. BLO is a film finish; a very, very weak one…but still a film. Anything you do now is taking a gamble, while waiting may be painful it might be the best approach.

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#10 posted 02-16-2016 12:46 PM

Those doors are absolutely beautiful! I would let patience dominate.

That being said, last year I made a large cherry cabinet for our downstairs “play room”. It’s a basement level room without any windows.

My wife wanted it darker, and since there is no natural light to energize the darkening process I stained the wood with Minwax cherry stain.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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