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Just finished this Cross for a customer and am looking for advice on a finish. I usually use wipe on Poly and was considering wax for this one. I’m not sure what will really make the grain pop out. Thank You

-- "The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook." W.J.

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 07:08 PM

I like tounge oil

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 07:21 PM


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#3 posted 12-07-2010 07:21 PM

because cherry can blotch, I would use a coloured shellac. ruby or garnet shellac will make it pop. then a few coats of wax to bring up the shine.

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 07:38 PM

Here lately I have become a big fan of danish oil and Renaissance wax for my finishes. Just my 2 cents (and honestly with my experience that’s probably what its really worth…lol).

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 07:43 PM

I use old masters cherry gel stain followed by real tung oil (can be combined with tung oil sealer for varying the gloss – see Lee Valley site for directions) from Lee Valley. I start with tung oil sealer then either pure tung oil for a high gloss finish or blended tung oil and tung oil sealer to achieve anything from gloss to matt finish.

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 08:26 PM

If you want another finishing routine for cherry, I start with a 50:50 mix of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits to accentuate the grain and add some aging to the color of the cherry. After this cures (2 to 3 days depending on your shop temperature) I will then topcoat with either shellac or wipe-on poly depending how the project is going to be used. Shellac for those projects that will not be exposed to chemicals such as water, alcohol, etc or poly if I need a finish to stand up to abuse.

But, as always, take some scrap pieces that have been sanded to the same grit as your project and play around with finishes to see which one you like.

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 08:32 PM

I like to use tung oil for 2 – 3 coats and poly over that. As Scott said, test on scrap to make sure it is the “look” you want before commiting to a finish.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 08:49 PM

use oil first if you want that warm look. i like blo first and then topcoat with wipe on poly. don’t worry about blotching on this piece, there are no large surfaces that you can the eye can pick up the blotch. I really don’t worry about blotching unless I am “coloring” the wood.

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 09:44 PM

Either dark shellac or oil maybe followed by shellac depending on your final wishes. Do some experiments first on scrap to see what looks best.

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 01:47 AM

Thank you all….you have given me some ideas to work with. I really appreciate this.

-- "The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook." W.J.

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 04:59 AM

I like to use bol/thinner/poly and rub it on with a cloth. Soak it good then wipe dry. Makes the cherry look like its supose to.

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#12 posted 12-08-2010 05:11 AM

Cherry can blotch. Look at my 4in1 crib and see how I finished it. You might not want to go to all that work and cost. It is the best finish I found for cherry. Enjoy!

Beautiful looking cross. Looking forward to seeing how you finish it.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 12-09-2010 06:27 PM

if you want to age cherry to a nice reddish brown color without using stain, place it in direct sunlight, make sure to turn so it tans evenly. From what i’ve found, for every 8 or so hours of direct sunlight the wood ages 1 year. After a few days you’ll start gettting a nice color. I don’t like staining cherry, I think it takes alot of the character of the wood away. If you have the time let it age before finishing. Keep in mind that it will darken as it ages naturally anyway, even with a finish on it. The way i usually finish is a Maloof finish, equal parts polyeurathane, BLO, and 100% pure raw tung oil. You can’t beat pure tung oil for bring out the grain of any wood.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#14 posted 12-12-2010 12:00 AM

Due to time and money I chose the Tung Oil and Wax. I think it turned out pretty good. Thanks again for everyone’s advice I can surely use it on upcoming projects.

-- "The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook." W.J.

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