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mmcafee09

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03-09-2012 02:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry finish stain

Hey guys I recently got a load of rough cherry from a friend a was wondering what stain some of yal use. I know cherry on cherry gives you the deep red but what else do yal use? Thanks

-- The College Woodworker


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#1 posted 03-09-2012 02:14 PM

Why would anyone want to stain Cherry? Must be a good friend to give you a load of Cherry!!! Congrats!

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 02:21 PM

I like cherry natural myself also. It is beautiful all on it’s own. I have a bunch of cherry flooring left over from a job that I’ve been using for projects. After I milled some out, I tried a few different stains on scrap pieces. All different shades look good IMO. Just a matter of experimenting and see what you like. A few scraps and a dab of different stain on each one and you can keep them for future reference too if you label them

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 02:40 PM

I’m with Bruce and Ben, I don’t like to stain cherry. But if you do, just remember that the cherry will darken with age so stain a little lighter than what you want the final color to be. Otherwise I really like tung oil on cherry, it warms the color without hiding the natural beauty of the wood.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 02:42 PM

Oil it up and let the sun take care of the color.. Cherry will get a nice red color with age.. the oil will bring out the beauty in the wood.. that’s my method of choice and I’m sticking to it :)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 03:32 PM

I, too, do not stain cherry. To me, it seems just beautiful the way God made it.

And it’s very satisfying to watch it darken over time.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 03:52 PM

I am like everyone else, I don’t like to stain cherry but I have found a stain that gives it that aged look instantly. I have used General Finishs Black Cherry on several projects and it looks great.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 05:33 PM

I have never been a big fan of stains. Especially on cherry. If you want to make one type of wood look like another by using stain, why not just build it out of that kind of wood. I like the variation in colors of natural wood. Stains can enhance some woods but cherry always seems to be stained so dark that you can’t see the grain. Be patient and let that cherry darken on it’s own. No stain can match the beauty of letting it age and take on it’s own natural color!

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 05:44 PM

I make my own finish but MinWax has a tung oil finish that is a tung oil poly mix. This works very well.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 09:18 PM

Garnet shellac has recently become my favorite finish on cherry.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, we sent 'em to Washington.

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#10 posted 03-09-2012 10:18 PM

Plain ole boiled linseed oil makes a nice finish on cherry. Followup with some thinned polyurethane for a more glossy finish.

I also finish cherry with the mentioned cherry Minwax stain but before I stain it I put on a coat of Seal Coat (shellac base) diluted three parts alcohol to one part Seal Coat. This initial wash coat almost eliminates the blotching often experienced when staining cherry. Follow up with a coat of full strength seal coat the three coats of diluted poly (diluted one part poly to one part mineral spirits.)

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#11 posted 03-10-2012 12:36 AM

Try some Tried and True Varnish Oil on some cherry prepped with smoother/sanded to 320 or so: Nothing more beautiful.

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#12 posted 03-13-2012 01:32 AM

I use Cherry a LOT, and I’ve colored it anywhere from “just a hint” to “really dark” ... just depends on what the end use/customer wants/likes. I’ve had great results using Charles Neil’s Blotch Control along with a variety of dyes. The combination really irons out the differences between heart/sap wood, which can be a pain if you’re trying to build out of nothing but heartwood in order to eliminate the color differences. The Blotch Control + dye simply makes sapwood disappear.

Another great recipe to consider is simply a washdown with a mild solution of Lye in warm water … it ages Cherry decades in only a few minutes. I personally don’t like to wait out the aging process, and this simply speeds up the inevitable.

I am such an ANTI-FAN of Linseed Oil that I won’t even allow it in my shop. I have a can from about 1950 that I use on occasion to wipe down shovel handles & such … to me, that’s about all it’s good for. Learn to use dyes and you will soon abandon BLO.

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#13 posted 03-13-2012 11:17 AM

BLO can make a really nice finish if you have the time, right up until you set set a drink on it (adult beverage). Alchohol removes BLO very quickly.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#14 posted 03-14-2012 02:43 AM

I try to never stain cherry, The natural mellowing of the wood is beautiful. But if I ever put stain on cherry, I use Minwax cherry stain. It doesn’t change the color much, but adds a slight depth to the finish.

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#15 posted 03-14-2012 02:46 AM

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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