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592 days ago

I’m about to start building drawers/doors for my base cabs.
They have Cherry face frames with inset drawer fronts.

So I’m thinking ahead a bit to the finishing.

Could you guys please recommend a nice looking finish for natural Cherry? I’m thinking maybe danish oil with a poly topcoat?

I don’t really want to stain it.

I don’t want to go too nuts/elaborate/time consuming with this, but it doesn’t have to be the fastest/cheapest, either.

So what looks good and would have some protection?


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#1 posted 592 days ago

I think Danish or pure tung either would be good

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 592 days ago

Depends if you have kids or not. I really like Waterlox Original on Walnut and Cherry projects.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 592 days ago

I agree with Dusty56. Waterlox finish accentuates Cherry nicely. “No Stain” Cherry has a tendency to blotch when stained. Finish natural and let nature take it’s coarse. The nice thing about Cherry is the tones change with the weather.

-- "Man Plans and God Laughs"

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#4 posted 592 days ago

If you don’t want to stain it and just want the natural cherry color, just put on the poly or whatever top coat you choose. Any type of oil first is not necessary and is just going to blotch it up so I would recommend against it.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 592 days ago

If you really want it to look like cherry, and you want a tough finish, spray some General Finishes Enduro water based lacquer.


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