I'm currently making some drawer fronts with hardwood cherry.
Unfortunately, the color of my different boards aren't matching too
well. Some have a reddish tone and some others have a more brownish
color. All the board are freshly jointed and planed. Obviously they
don't come from the same batch.
Now the 100$ question, if I glue them together and apply some NGR
brown stain, will the color become more even or it will just show the
same kind of difference between the boards?
Thanks for any help,
Next time, buy wood from the same lot for drawer fronts.
Infidels who stain perfectly good cherry do not deserve
an answer. They deserve the fleas of a thousand camels
to infest their armpits.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of Minwax, I shall stain no Cherry.
Now that many of the smart-aleck answers have been offered (OK, there
probably will be more)....
Have you tried a little sunlight? If you can make up drawer faces of
similar colors, with as little or no sapwood as possible, so that the color
is consistent within the drawer face, then giving them a suntan for a few
hours can be a possible solution.
I rather like the natural variation of cherry, assuming you can balance
what you have artisticly within the piece, so that face frames match,
drawers are graduated from lighter to darker.
And cherry seems to be variably processed. Maybe that's an awkward means
of stating it. I've recycled some cherry from some kitchen cabinets, and
it seemed to have been steamed, or something. It didn't take oil quite the
same as material I believe to have been air-dried. It was pretty, but more
muted in character. Somewhat blotchy in certain areas.
And all these comments from someone whose first project in cherry was about
8 months ago. On the West Coast, it's an import, with the expected
I believe that FWW had, in the last year or so, an article on using dyes to
blend cherry in pieces, such as highboys, etc., by someone does this really
well. If your piece deserves that kind of attention, you'll at least need
to do that level of research.
My projects are more Western Pennsylvania, and less Newport/Boston in their
design heritage. Oils and wax, rather than french polish, etc.
There ya go. Strips of cloth/cardboard over the darker areas
until the lighter bits catch up.
Ditto here. Wood is wood: tone varies. Hell, left arms are usually
more tan than right, but do you see people staining their right
arms? (Don't answer that. I really don't want to know any more than
I already do about that subject: I saw an ad for a tanning airbrush
last week with expensive human skin stain in 2 shades. Oy vay...)
Hmmm, maybe so.
Did you give it a nice, soaking bath in lacquer thinner before
finishing it? Old kitchen wood (inside or not) is sure to have
lots of baked-in food oils on it already.
Ebony and pink ivory are cheaper, huh?
Good dyes well applied are slightly less offensive to highly
opinionated purists like me.
Good call. That finish is more to my style, too.
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I would have, but these had never made it to an actual kitchen. They were
recycled from a stach of cabinet maker's leftovers that a scrounging buddy
of mine got for next to or actually nothing. He just shows up with stuff,
and says "You can make something from this, right?"
Another poster asked about the load capacity of his wood rack. I think I'm
stress testing mine. It gets harder to get to wood I know is buried in
But I'm not complaining. Some folks have real problems.
<< Subject: Re: Cherry problem...
From: JGS email@example.com
Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2004 9:05 AM
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I recently made a cherry dining table, and encountered the same problem as you
describe. After reading some finishing books, I decided to try to match the
color by glazing. I started with a coat of gel varnish for the sealer coat. I
used alternating coats of gel mahogany and cherry stain, until I had a good
color match between boards. Gel stain is recommended for cherry, because of
the potential splotching problem. I had other problems with my finish job, but
color matching wasn't one of them. I think I may someday take the sander to
it, and do it over, armed with the knowledge gained from my first attempt.
My experience is limited to two large cherry projects.
One was natural, where the plywood was much redder than the solids. Six
months later they have both darkened and look much more alike. Sadly, I had
some sapwood in an awkward place; it looked fine when new, but not so good
now. Watch for that! (I am going to give it a year and see if I can't touch
it up with some stain/varnish.)
The second was dyed and stained pretty dark. Everything came out pretty
uniform regardless of what was underneath. (I tried to talk the customer
into a cheaper wood, but he wanted cherry.)
So, I wouldn't worry too much about it; based on my limited experience.
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