Cherry Judges Paneling - What Finish?

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Forum topic by NoClue64 posted 02-14-2012 07:41 PM 1403 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2012 07:41 PM

I am about to complete the installation of cherry judges paneling in what will become a study/library. Not a huge room – 15×15. The 1×6 and panel mold is solid cherry and the field is cherry veneer plywood.

I want a simple finish – no drastic color change and no gloss. I know I’m stating the obvious, but I am not concerned about sunlight or moisture given this is not a dining room table top.

I have had good results in the past with Watco – simple to apply and hard to screw up. Just wondering what other options I should consider. I am also a bit concerned with the vertical surface and the tendancy of the finish to sucumb to gravity during application. Appreciate your ideas!!

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 08:14 PM

Id go for Boiled Linseed Oil.

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 08:23 PM

I really like garnet shellac on cherry, and in your application it would dry fast and not be too much of an odor problem. Should be plenty durable for that service as well. But danish oil, Watco or home made, would be nice as well. I suspect it will have an odor that lingers a little longer, but would look quite nice.

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 08:29 PM

Yep! Shellac. But that would always be my choice (if ya haven’t noticed). Wipe it on, rub, and wax. Classic finish if there ever was one. If ya want something a bit more durable…..dewaxed shellac and a wiping varnish rubbed out and waxed to a nice satin sheen.


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