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OrlandoMike

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2093 days ago

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!

Mike
Orlando, FL


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#1 posted 2093 days ago

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.

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OrlandoMike

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#2 posted 2093 days ago

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

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#3 posted 2093 days ago

That is 2 votes for not staining cherry !!!

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John in SD

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#4 posted 2093 days ago

4th

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 2093 days ago

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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#6 posted 2093 days ago

6th.

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#7 posted 2093 days ago

7th.

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Bob42

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#8 posted 2093 days ago

OK, I’ll jump in and be number 8.

Please post pictures when done.

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#9 posted 2093 days ago

Number 9

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#10 posted 2093 days ago

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

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#11 posted 2093 days ago

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 2093 days ago

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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OrlandoMike

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#13 posted 2093 days ago

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.

Mike
Orlando, FL

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Al Killian

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#14 posted 2092 days ago

Danish oil

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#15 posted 2092 days ago

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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