|Forum topic by RobFM||posted 10-26-2011 08:20 PM||9706 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-26-2011 08:20 PM
I recently completed a jewelry box built entirely from cherry. I know cherry can be hard to stain, but I have used danish oil without issues in the past and I never heard of blotching when using a “natural” oil finish.
Unfortunately, it did not seem to work out very well this time. It is not the worst finish I have ever seen, but in good light, the top of the box looks pretty blotchy.
Since I have not seen this problem in the past, I am wondering if it was my technique, or maybe just a “bad” piece of wood.
I applied one coat using a 400 grit sandpaper to create a bit of a slurry, as suggested by some Lumberjocks and others on the web. I then let it sit for about 15 minutes and wiped off the excess. A few days later I repeated the process. I didn’t notice the blotches after the first coat, but I am not really sure if they were there or not.
So I now ask; 1) Is the wet sanding a bad idea, 2) Should I have pre-treated with some kind of conditioner, and 3) Is there any good technique for clean removal so I can start over?
Relative to question #3, I am reluctant to sand or plane it off because detail work that I did on the edges would likely be damaged.