|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 03-27-2014 05:26 PM||809 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
03-27-2014 05:26 PM
I’m making an entry bench out of cherry and walnut. As you can see in the cherry benchtop, two of the boards were exposed to sunlight more and are darker than the third board (the difference isn’t dramatic in the photo, but in reality the contrast is pretty high).
After putting BLO on the whole thing I realized that I didn’t like the contrast so I ripped off the lighter board. I then found a darker board that matched the color of the benchtop boards pretty well, but of course when I jointed and planed it to thickness I was right back where I started – it took off the darker coloration. So I left that board in the sunlight for a day and it darkened to “almost close enough.” I glued it to the benchtop panel, which now consists of two dark boards with BLO and one medium-dark board with no BLO. I have two questions:
(1) If I leave the benchtop in sunlight will the lighter board catch up with the darker boards? My understanding is that cherry darkens rapidly at first but then slows down, so hopefully it will even out in a few days or a week – yes?
(2) Should I wait to put BLO on the new board until after it darkens or put BLO now?
Alternatively, (3) should I just sand the entire panel (all boards) to square one and leave them in the sun to age together? I really would rather not do this unless absolutely necessary.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.