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1150 days ago
I have been researching this for awhile, and seems every article on finishing always has a special section for Cherry. I am doing a greene & greene inspired piece, and have pieces of cherry that are definitely not from the same tree let alone the same forest. I don’t think I have much sapwood in exposed areas, but I want to even up the initial coloring before it ages. I don’t want to hide the grain, but don’t want to just go natural either.
So I want to play with dye’s, and have plenty of information on ways to apply them and finishing schedules to reduce splotching etc, etc. I was thinking of starting with some orange/amber/dark mahogony shades. But then I saw all the other colors needed if you want to counter to much of any one shade. Flexible, but getting expensive quick. I want to create sample pieces and get them out in the sun for a few days to see how they look.
I have since acquired “Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish” by Bob Flexnor and “Tauntons Complete Illustrated Guide To Finishing” by Jewitt, and working my way through the information.
I am thinking a finish as:
Where should I start other than with nearly every color?
Is there something you would consider the essential colors?
Are there colors I can avoid since they can be derived from others?
How about using dye after artificial chemical aging?
And last but not least, specific brand experience with spraying?
I was convinced transtint was the way to go, but then was leaning towards transfast since it sounded a little more flexible, but then i saw transfast alcohol soluable was labeled discontinued in the homstead finishing products catalog (sent an e-mail, but no response). And what about J.E. Mosers Dye from woodworker.com? Others?
I have read a lot of articles/threads on this and reading the ‘stickly finish’ thread again, so I apologize if I missed the obvious answers.