Table cloth mark on Cherry Table

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Forum topic by Doran posted 03-04-2015 04:02 AM 787 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2015 04:02 AM

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I just built a cherry dining table and placed in the dining room. My wife placed a small table cloth in the middle of the table for the first 2 weeks that it was in the dining room. She removed the table cloth and noticed that the cherry wood is lighter under the table cloth versus the exposed cherry wood which was darker. My question is what do I need to do to get to a uniform shade of cherry? Do I just leave the table alone and the wood will eventually all look the same? Should I cover up the unexposed cherry while leaving the place where the table cloth was exposed to the air and sunlight until they both match?

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#1 posted 03-04-2015 04:08 AM

I think eventually the lighter area will “catch up”. It may take a long while so be patient.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 04:09 AM

Cherry will darken to a certain extend and it stops. Maybe just wait and see what happens in a few weeks.


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#3 posted 03-04-2015 08:41 PM

Just wait. I had a light spot on a cherry door panel and two days out in the sunlight it is within 98% the same as the rest of the project.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 03-04-2015 09:04 PM

Your finish might have cured at a different rate with and without the table cloth. Depending on the finish it could take up to a month for the finish to fully cure and harden Leave the cloth off and take off place mats after use and you should be ok.

-- Bruce, Oklahoma

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#5 posted 03-05-2015 12:52 AM

I appreciate all the quick responses. I’ll take your advice and be patient. Thanks

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