I am making a chest. I didn't notice it until I started to assemble, but my
plywood is pinker than my solid wood.
Will that difference dissapear over time? If not, should I put a weak
cherry (pink) dye on the solids?
I hadn't planned on putting any finish on it other than some danish oil.
Sure will be nice when I know what I am doing.
My experience is that they will darken to the same color over time. Have
they both been exposed to light the same amount of time? Was the plywood
covered with another piece? All of these can be a factor.
After its assembled - leave it in the sun for a few days before putting the
finish on it.
(or before its assembled - just make sure to keep the outside side facing
the sun to get an even color)
That should help even out the color.
Maybe, maybe not. Depends on how different the colors really are.
If not, should I put a weak
The problem with that is you have to guess the end points of the color
shift. Make sure you don't have any sap wood -- it won't turn much
and if it does it will go brown not red. Or rather make sure you
don't have any sap wood you don't know about.
I've always held that with cherry, you match as best you can and
accept variation as part of nature. If I wanted homogeneity above all
else, I'd build out of plastic.
One other note: if you do have contrasting pieces of cherry, take the
time to arrange them to best effect. I don't know what you are
building in detail, but make all the stiles and rails on one end of
the case consistent, same for the other end. But the ends don't have
to match each other with great color matching precision.
Yeah me too. But I figure I'll be dead by then.
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