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Forum topic by Gator posted 10-23-2010 04:13 AM 1054 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2010 04:13 AM

I am in the planning process of a bedroom suite. I would like to use cherry, as I love the look it takes on after a month or so of sunlight exposure, but am nervous of the inconsistent coloring that comes with placing a lamp on a cherry table while it ages. Is there a way to allow the cherry to reach a certain tone, and then seal it so it will remain that way no matter how little or much light exposure it received?

I do not have a sprayer, and would be hand application inclined.

Any suggestions would be appreciated..


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#1 posted 10-23-2010 04:33 AM

Gator, you can’t fight Mother Nature. Cherry is going to darken with exposure to light. The only way to stop it is to eliminate the light exposure, which is really not practical. I work with cherry quite a bit and have never had a problem with inconsistent aging with any furniture or cabinetry that I have built. The only exception that I know of is the brazillian cherry flooring that I put in the house.

My wife enjoys moving the furniture around and, the first time she moved the couch in the family room, there was a distinct difference in the color of the floor where the couch had blocked out the light. But it eventually evened out when she kept moving the furniture around.

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 04:25 AM

I’ve heard where people pre-treat or sunburn their cherry by placing it in the sun for a few days before assembling it. Never tried it myself but have noticed that the cherry scraps I’ve left in line with the sun from the shop windows darkens considerably in a short time. May be worth a shot to ‘sun-burn’ your cherry.

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#3 posted 11-17-2010 03:23 PM

Scott is right. You can’t fight mother nature. I use the method Mark describes and put my cherry pieces in the sun to give them some of that reddish coloration before starting to finish. But the darkening continues as long as there is light (and oxygen) exposure.

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