LumberJocks

Dying Maple to a Cherry Finish

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 09-21-2009 02:38 PM 7132 reads 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I’ll be staining some maple. The customer want a cherry finish. Not a new cherry wood look, but the old antique look with years patina. More like the stuff you’d find on the a showroom floor call “cherry finish”. As most of you know, maple doesn’t absorb stain very good, so to achieve a dark, rich finish is impossible with stain only.

Several years ago, I standardize this finish for my customers and make to sample piece with the steps that need to be taken. This way I can reproduce it each time a customer request it.

To get the dark color on the maple, you must dye the wood. I use universal dyes from Sherwin Williams. This stuff is very concentrated so a little goes a long way. I use both the red and the brown dye. To get it on the wood I spray it in a thinned down state.
1 part red
2 parts Brown
140 parts thinner.

When sprayed the thinner will be flash off in just a few seconds and the dye is left ready for the next step.

I follow up with a wiping stain. because of how fast it is, a lot of production furniture companies use this as their only means of staining the wood. I follow up the dye with a wiping stain. This pops the grain and gives it depth. On this color I use a Red Mahogany by Minwax. I spray my stains and with it back off.

It is then follow by a couple coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer. If some tweaking is still needed on the color the same dye can be used as a toner. Todd Clippinger has a good post on using toners
http://lumberjocks.com/toddc/blog/10888

Here is a picture of my sample board:
sample dye and stain board

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live:
Stream videos at Ustream

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm



2 comments so far

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2573 days


#1 posted 09-21-2009 04:06 PM

Chris, this looks like a pretty good match for “aged” cherry. I have usually had trouble getting a consistent color when applying dye or stain to maple. With these results I may have to take a look at this approach.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Todd A. Clippinger's profile

Todd A. Clippinger

8791 posts in 2850 days


#2 posted 09-21-2009 04:13 PM

I just came over to see how the pro’s use dye and stains.

Why – you do it just like me so I must be getting it right! And you use the same products too!

Thanks for the mention. I look forward to seeing the final project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase