|Forum topic by GeoffKatz||posted 09-15-2016 12:49 PM||583 views||1 time favorited||4 replies|
09-15-2016 12:49 PM
Hi. I’m working on a large dresser from cherry. I had some limitations in board selection, and maybe a few mental mistakes in my panel layout. The result being that most of my glued-up and cut-to-size panels have inconsistent color, with some boards being darker and some lighter.
My initial finish plan was to use 50% sealer as a washcoat, then 2 coats of danish oil, followed by 2-3 coats of water based wipe-on poly. This looked pretty good in my tests, but those were of a single board. When I tested the same treatment on a cutoff from my actual panel, the striping wasn’t masked nearly as well as I’d hoped.
So I think I need to change my finishing plan to use some sort of a stain, to darken everything to at least the level of the darkest boards in my panels. I hate the idea of masking the cherry, but I really want more consistency in the panels. Does anyone have suggestions on a finish plan that might unify the boards in my panels, but not take away too much character from the underlying cherry?