Matching an Existing stain???? help!!!!!!!

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06-27-2009 09:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cherry finishing

Ohh boy i might have bit off more than i can chew, or carve, or saw! My wife asked me if i could enlarge a cabinet that goes over her friends refrigerator. Well i can’t get the stain to match. The new boards are blotchy and don’t have the same red hue as the existing ones. The new ones look more brown. The wood is cherry, and i goty a nice piece of cherry to match but it’s not working out any staining advice from the experienced in staining folks would be a great help!!! Thanks in advance!
The board on the left is existing and the 2 on the right are what i made to match. Well the photo dosen’t seem to show the blotchyness or maybe i’m being too picky? anyway i am not happy with the way the stain is turning out.

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 12:33 AM

From the picture, it looks very close to me. I am way from a professional though. However, my local Rockler store is very helpful in these matters. I have been it before and observed them matching a stains for people who brought in a sample from home. If you have a local Rockler, you may give them a try. You may want to take a piece of wood with you when you go for them to test on. Good luck

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#2 posted 06-28-2009 12:52 AM

i would go to a professional grade store like sherwin williams of mohawk because most likely they can custom mix a stain, dye, or tinted topcoat to match your needs. and its much better quality too.

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 01:32 AM

I might question if the kitchen is really cherry. Cherry will turn MUCH darker over time. The existing board might not even have stain on it.

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 01:40 AM

looking at the existing board it is stained as the back has no finish on it. The home owners said it was cherry and i am don’t know any better.The unfinished side looks like the cherry board i bought i might try going to a woodcraft store tomorrow to see if they can match the finish better than the Klingspore store. The guy at Klingspore was a great help and the finish is close i just don’t think it is quite right for this project.

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Greg Wurst

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 02:11 AM

Cherry tends to be blotchy. You may want to try a dye or gel stain.

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 02:22 AM

I agree with CessnaPilotBarry, tint your top coat, but try it on samples first.

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#7 posted 06-28-2009 03:38 PM

Dennis and Barry make good points. Even a perfect match now does not guarantee the woods will age similarly and remain the same color.

That said, if you are missing a little redness, my first thought would be to mix in a hair of red mahogany stain to whatever color you are using.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 10-23-2009 02:21 AM

Well I’m finally getting around to posting the finished project for this stain problem. The homeowner is very happy with the finished project.For this project i stretched the existing above refrigerator cabinet to cover a full size refrigerator and a full size freezer.Here are some pictures. They still have the corner cabinets to hang.

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