How best to finish Cherry to keep it light & best wood to match with it?

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Forum topic by Randy_ATX posted 03-03-2012 05:15 PM 1045 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2012 05:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry finish cherry contrasting woods

I have never used Cherry before. I just picked up 21 linear feet of 1X4 for a floor stand mirror project I am making for my girlfriend. I would like to know how best to finish the Cherry, to keep it as light as possible. I also want to put a strip of inlay around the edge. From a couple of internet searches it seems like Walnut would work with Cherry – which works for me, as I have some. If anyone has suggestions on either topic, please share your thoughts.


-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 05:23 PM

Cherry is going to darken no matter what you do. Exposure to daylight speeds the process, but being in a dark room won’t stop it.

Your walnut would liike great for a while, but would probably “disappear” as the Cherry ages.

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 05:43 PM

Sawkerf is absolutely correct on both comments, and the walnut will lighten slightly as the cherry darkens, so you may get an exchange of effects…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 06:05 PM

Try maple or holly or ebony on the opposite extreme.

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

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 02:04 AM

Thanks guys for the input so far.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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