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03-09-2011 04:13 AM

I am building a crib with cherry , I want it to be as dark as I can, any suggestion for stains ?

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 04:39 AM

When you say dark are you looking for a dark cherry color or just dark? I’ve used Zar’s Dark Mahogany on cherry and it turns reals dark almost like a burgundy.

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 04:52 AM

The best stain for cherry is time. The older it gets, the better it gets.

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 04:53 AM

why would anyone stain cherry?

if you want to darken it naturally, set it out in bright sunlight over the course of a few days.

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 05:10 AM

Another vote for no stain. Let time stain it.

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 05:14 AM

On Cherry I use No stain.

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 06:00 AM

Let me commiserate. Sometimes the wife, or mother-in-law, wants the cherry to be dark.

I just made some sliding drawers for my mother in law for christmas and had to match her dark cherry wet bar.

Ended up following an article from a great local supplier for making popular look like cherry, only I was masking cherry with cherry.

I used the water based dye from Woodcraft, but, had to mix it at a much higher concentration then they suggest.

Good luck.

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 02:58 PM

Thanks for tips, after I build it I will set it in the sun to let is darken and see how it goes. I made it out of Cherry mainly becasue of the selection at the wood store.This is my first real project with hard wood, I have made a few cutting boards but thats different to me. I would love it to be as naturaly dark as I can get it, I was really un aware that cherry is so light, I am a newbie with hardwood projects.

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 04:17 PM

I’d add that with most finishes, if you get the color to match now, it will darken over time and won’t match in the future. That’s one of the challenges of matching new cherry with old.

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#9 posted 03-10-2011 02:00 PM

i put a scap in the sun yesterday after a coat of BLO, to see how it comes out, to late now but I wish I had gone with another wood.

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 04:21 PM

agallant,thank you , I just ordered some of that. I get my new table saw Monday, I have 3 days off work next week so I hope to finish or get a lot done on the crib then. I ordered the hardware kit yesterday so it should be here in plenty of time. This forum is a great source of knowledge to learn the trade. After the crib I plan on some beds for the grownups.

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#12 posted 03-11-2011 03:21 AM

here is a nice site looks like for cherry finishes and techniques.


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#13 posted 03-11-2011 04:21 AM

I appreciate, and respect what everyone above has said about staining cherry. However, I recently finished a clock case made from cherry and used a piece of scrap to test a stain that really impressed me. Looked great with no blotching and blended the heart and sap beautifully. Looked so good, I did the entire clock in the finish, the customer was delighted and I plan to use it again in the future. It was General Finishes, Georgian Cherry Jel Stain, and no, I have no vested interest in this product. Additional coats makes it darker.
As always, try anything like this on some scrap pieces first to see if it meets your requirements.

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#14 posted 03-11-2011 04:22 AM

Cherry is a great wood and i love to work with it and admire the natural beaty after completion. Cherry will darken up out in the sun but i think that technique is self defeating unless all parts are machined, such as face frame, doors and drawer faces and all assembled before leaving outside. This is because after sanding and finishing you reveal new fresh cheery under the stuff that may have been sun tanned. I suggest you stick with cherry as that is a very nice.choice. i never stain cherry but i do toner coat the wood depending on my customers persinal taste.

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#15 posted 03-11-2011 04:34 AM

yes I agree with AZMAC Don”t stain just leave it in the sun it’ll given a darker look. I read in the woodworking magazine that I guy wanted to put some wood in the sun. But the weather was crappy. So his wife suggested, too bad you can’t take it to the tanning booth. So he did. A quick way to age cherry….remember that most oils are going to dark in the wood.

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