Walnut v. Cherry

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Forum topic by dkrienert posted 02-18-2012 11:02 PM 1770 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2012 11:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut cherry

I am currently designing a wine server for our entryway/dining room. Because the server will be visible from our dining room, I want the wood color to somewhat match the color of our existing dining set (see picture). I know the chairs are a stained poplar. Personally, I hate staining and would rather just seal with poly and be done. My question is, if I do not plan to stain, what is my best bet for matching the color of the dining chairs? I think the chairs may have too much of a red tint for walnut, but I do not want to wait for cherry to age. Do you think cherry would come close to this color if I set the finished piece in direct sunlight for a week?

I am open to other suggestions as well. Most of my projects thus far have been either cherry or red oak, so my experience with other wood types is limited.

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 11:11 PM

Your chairs are a closed grain wood so you would be better off to use something similar like cherry. I have had good luck with Minwax red mahogany stain o cherry. If that ends up too dark try mixing it with Minwax golden oak. Another alternative that has worked really well for me is Minwax cherry stain on cherry.

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 11:23 PM

I think cherry, when ages, would be a good match. Definitely not walnut.

What I don’t know is whether your idea for speeding the aging process will work or not.

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

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 01:37 AM

By using cherry and sealing with poly and adding some burnt umber tint you could come very close to you desire color, with that said over time the cherry will darken surpassing the tone on your chairs although in the same deeper tone…BC

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 11:11 AM


After fine sanding (220), use blo. Flood it and use 320 wet-or-dry sandpaper in a circular motion. Wipe it dry, wait a day and repeat, but with less blo. Wipe it dry then give it a sun tan. Two or three hours will make a startling difference, so try it on scrap first to gauge how much change you want. The oil doesn’t help the change any; you just don’t need to be sanding on perfection. Finish any way you want when the oil is DRY-a week or two-, but wax is great. Easily repairable and lends a nice tactil sense.


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#5 posted 02-19-2012 09:45 PM

I agree cherry would be the best color choice,
This is an entry I did of Fire grained black cherry. I think the color works..
Scraper carded finish and sanded 600 to 1000 ~ danish oiled, UV varnish+beeswax top coat finish great color, but will darken to a rich brownish red, but guaranteed to not loose the luminescence .. if cared for.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 03:43 PM


Thanks for posting the picture of the entry you did. I thought from the beginning that cherry would be the best wood choice in the long run, but I was having a hard time convincing my wife to live with the lighter color for the first couple years. After showing her the picture of your entry, she is now OK with waiting for the cherry to darken over time.

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