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Forum topic by swandog posted 01-08-2014 05:41 AM 665 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2014 05:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry spray finish finishing shaker

Hi, I’m getting closer to finishing a pretty large (72”h x 36”w x 22”d) cherry office cabinet. It has two upper doors and six drawers. In the past on smaller projects (nightstand etc) I’ve just used watco/wax for the finish. I’m not sure what would be the best finish for this cabinet. I have a gravity fed spray gun and I’m thinking for a piece this big I should probably spray it. I like the natural look of cherry and to have oil bring out the color. Any thoughts recommendations on how you would approach it? My shop is a heated attached garage but in MN it is a little cold this time of year to open a window to vent.

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Doug


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 12:50 PM

Garnet shellac, it will dry in almost any temp and give that cherry a really nice (look at the corner cabinet adn TV stand in my projects). If you want to give it a more durable top coat, top coat the shellac with a non-poly varnish (Pratt and Lambert 38), it won’t yellow nearly as much over time as the linseed oil formulas (P&L is soya oil based). I don’t spray varnish, but wiping it on should be simple enough. Or a good waterborne, but it may need warmer temps than you have.

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 03:33 PM

Cherry looks good under nitrocellulose solvent lacquer.

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 04:42 PM

Thanks for the replies…I’ll have to check out the pratt and labert 38…is that different than watco? I think spraying is the only practical way to finish this piece…

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 05:01 PM

I’m not sure which Watco product you refer too, but the P&L 38 is an alkyd resin/soya oil formula varnish that has very little of the amber color cast of linseed oil varnishes; most of the polyurethane formulas use linseed oil as the drying oil in them. If you refer to Watco Danish oil, it is just a very thin varnish, and made with alkyd resins (I think) but I’m not sure what they use for a drying oil in the formula. If you want an alkyd resin varnish that’s made with linseed oil, the Sherwin Williams Fast Dry Oil Varnish is such a formula.

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