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12-17-2011 11:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry tip question finishing joining sanding

I got some cheery that I am planing to make a dresser top valet with. I have never built anything with cherry before, mostly walnut and maple. Are there any tips or tricks to working with cherry? Anything I should pay special attentin to? I will use mitered corners and am thinking I will do maple keys, maybe walnut. I plan on finishing it with DO. Any other ideas for a finish?

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 11:34 PM

It burns very easily. So sharp blades consistent feed rates on table saw and router, fewest teeth count blades that will give desired finished cut.

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 11:52 PM

And I’d go with the maple keys. Cherry is pretty dark and the maple will stand out much more than the walnut. It will burn easier but its not as hard as maple. I’ve used cherry a lot and like working with it. I think you’ll like it.

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#3 posted 12-18-2011 02:34 AM

Definitely maple keys. Cherry darkens with age and sunlight and the walnut won’t show up as well as your project ages. Cherry does burn a bit but such areas are relatively easy to sand out. Over large surfaces cherry tends to blotch during the finish process. This can be minimized by first applying a very dilute shellac (I use one part Zinser Seal Coat to 3 parts alcohol) wash coat prior to staining (such as with Minwax). You can also finish with just linseed oil followed up by Seal Coat then poly. Good luck with the cherry. I have found it a very nice wood to work with.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 02:42 AM

Ditto what Roger said about the cherry getting darker with age.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 12-18-2011 05:04 AM

It is my second favorite wood to walnut.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#6 posted 12-18-2011 05:31 AM

from my experience, with cherry, you will need to pay very close attention to your sanding, even holding it up and sighting down it in direct sunlight to find any scratches you may have missed. I’d recomend an annyline dye/lacquer wiping stain combo if you are going to put lacquer on it. The 2 step process makes a little more work, but when coated it makes the grain really pop. ;) I like cherry it smells good when worked.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#7 posted 12-18-2011 05:35 AM

When finishing cherry tends to blotch. I recommend using this

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