|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 03-05-2014 12:40 AM||895 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
03-05-2014 12:40 AM
I am making a cherry dining table as my second commission and I was hoping y’all could help me out. I know cherry will turn a beautiful rich red color if treated properly. I have heard about just setting it out in the sun to let it age naturally before applying finish. Sounds like a plan to me, but I have a few questions:
1. At what point do you set it out in the sun? After initial rough sanding? After final sanding? After finishing?
2. How long does it need to sit out there? I am in Texas, so we get a decent amount of good sunlight.
3. The top is straightforward, put it out, flip it over halfway through and you’ll get even color on the top and bottom. However, how would one approach “tanning” the legs? This is a trestle table with a stretcher, so I could set it out and leave it without the top on, and let the sun move across the sky and hit the different surfaces. Would that work?
Thanks again guys.
P.S. Any tips on a durable foodsafe finish are appreciated as well. Right now I am thinking wipe-on oil based poly.
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