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10-28-2008 12:31 AM

I recently acquired some black cherry. I am in the process of making a Limbert style waste paper basket out of it. I’ve never used black cherry before and wanted to know should I use a pre-stain conditioner on it before applying my stain? I do plan on running tests on some scrap but wanted to hear from others that have worked with black cherry before and get their opinions. Thanks!

Orlando, FL

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#1 posted 10-28-2008 01:23 AM

DON’T STAIN IT!!! If you’ll put it in the sun after you’ve built the basket. After about 6 to 8 hours it will turn a rich redish brown. If you want it darker keep putting it in the sun, it will only take a few days and then put on a clear finish like pure tung oil, blo, danish oil, or even a poly. just make sure you keep turning the wood to get an even tan.
But it your set on staining, I would sand to at least 320 grit, 400 would be better and then using a conditioner wouldn’t hurt. Cherry is alot like maple, the grain can move around on you and you will either get figure like fiddleback or blotchiness.
I have stained cherry before, but only because a lady paid me to. personally i wouldn’t, cherry is one of the prettiest woods you can work with.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#2 posted 10-28-2008 01:36 AM

I think I will give that a shot. Thanks for the heads up!

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#3 posted 10-28-2008 01:57 AM

That is 2 votes for not staining cherry !!!

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#4 posted 10-28-2008 06:06 AM


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#5 posted 10-28-2008 12:10 PM

5th!!!!! I will echo Joey’s advice. Cherry is my favorite wood with which to work and I always try to include it in any project that I do either as the primary wood or as an accent of some sort. It has such warm, rich look that simply does not need additional “help” from stain.

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#7 posted 10-28-2008 01:47 PM


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#8 posted 10-28-2008 02:04 PM

OK, I’ll jump in and be number 8.

Please post pictures when done.

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#9 posted 10-28-2008 02:12 PM

Number 9

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#10 posted 10-28-2008 02:21 PM

Why not paint it? Just kidding, I agree with all the previous.

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#11 posted 10-28-2008 03:35 PM

Since you’re doing test pieces, at least TRY the pre-stain conditioner. It’s purpose is to raise the grain, which in turn should minimize the blotchiness that some people don’t like about cherry.

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#12 posted 10-28-2008 05:34 PM

Cherry is way to pretty to stain. If you are going to use stain, then why use cherry? Use something cheaper and stain it whatever color you want.

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#13 posted 10-28-2008 06:12 PM

I’ve got them in the sun as I type :-) I have some before pictures and will take some more after they tan a bit.

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#14 posted 10-29-2008 01:40 AM

Danish oil

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#15 posted 10-29-2008 05:22 AM

Staining blkcherry is a sin…aged blkcherry is like a fine wine it only get better with time…setting it in the sunshine will speed up the darkening process which comes naturally….Blkcherry

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