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Forum topic by DHaden posted 11-03-2012 03:12 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2012 03:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry question finishing

I have just finished a stand for my wife’s Kindle Fire. It is a simple block with a groove cut with a dovetail bit, and a round over bit for the top edge. The question I have is what if any finish to put on it. I am not a big fan of lacquer, but would like to make it pop. I really like the results I have had with Watco Danish Oil on walnut, just not sure how it will turn out with cherry. What have you used? What can I expect long term if I do nothing to it? Will putting it in direct sunlight have an effect? In the pictures the one on the right is cherry, the one on the left is walnut.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 03:35 AM

At minimum you should oil it. Lacquer will provide even more protection.

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 04:20 AM

Danish oil natural or tung oil would work. Seal with satin urethane top coat like arm r seal, sand with 600g just a couple swipes and clean then reseal.

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 08:45 AM

Watco on cherry is beautiful. Protection is minimal, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use it for this project. Yes, it will get darker with exposure to sunlight, and it doesn’t need to be direct. Normally cherry will get many shades darker within a few months, and hit nearly its full darkness after a year or so. One of the first projects that I built with cherry was bed where I used maple for the posts and cherry for the headboard and rails. When I finished the project I was disappointed with the cherry’s color, and in some areas I couldn’t tell the difference between it and the maple. Within a month the difference was noticeable, and within a year it was night and day.

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#4 posted 11-04-2012 04:06 AM

Thanks for the help, I am going with the WDO. Will let you know how it turns our, with pictures.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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