I felled a black cherry tree in my yard and now I'm milling the wood
from it. I am finding all of this wood to be about the color of
Maple, maybe a wee bit darker. How come whenever you see any Cherry
furniture or cabinets it is a dark reddish brown in color? Is it
A lot of the "cherry" furniture you see is indeed stained to get a jump
on the natural darkening process due to exposure to sunlight, or is not
cherry and has been stained to look like cherry after it has been
exposed to sunlight.
Cherry will naturally darken with exposure to sunlight. So much so that
it will become as dark as walnut over time.
Because we live in a world of instant gratification and people can't stand to
wait the six months to a year it takes for Cherry to darken on its own. And
stained Cherry never looks as good as it would if it were just left alone.
See Nad. See Nad go. Go Nad!
To reply, eat the taco.
There was a case on one of those TV "court" shows, where someone was
suing a cabinent maker. The person had ordered custom cabinets "made
of cherry wood with a clear finish, and was expecting them to be red.
I can just see it. The Court takes the cabinets off to store for
the trial. In storage, the cabinets darken.
Get a red faced customer and a happy vendor.
On 11/12/2010 9:15 AM, email@example.com wrote:
On Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:34:42 -0600, Martin Eastburn
They won't ever turn the color of cherry stain, which is the color of
the fruit, not the wood. People like the customer in this story think
that the wood of a cherry tree is the same color as cherry stain.
These cabinets have been clear coated. I imagine they will be light
colored for many years.
And remember to coat the hinges, because after they've been through the
planer they're guaranteed to disappear into a pile of rust. Especially
if the planer has previously been used on oak. Or for that matter if
the hinges exist in the same universe as an oak tree.
Incidentally, speaking of oak, pulled some nails out of the barn
yesterday, they've been in oak for I dunno how long--they're wire nails,
not cut nails, so that puts them after 1900 or so. In any case, while
they're rusted a bit, they aren't rusted into nonexistence nor are they
particularly black. Should post some pictures of 'em just to go neener-
neener at oak-rust-boy.
Dunno where Salty gets the idea that cherry stain is the color of the
fruit. I wonder of what he believes "oak" stain to be the color. I had
occasion to stain a piece of poplar with "cherry" the other day and
hadn't installed it yet, so just for hohos I set it on top of a cherry
turning square that's been laying around for five years or so and when
you allow for the dust on the turning square it's pretty close--the
poplar has taken on several different shades in different spots and I
can find spots on the turning square that are pretty close to matching
all of them. Some are a bit pinkish.
And clear coating doesn't automagically prevent color changes. Depends
on the chemistry and the coating.
Go get a can of "cherry stain", and dip a piece of clean white paper
in it. It is very red. Not the color of cherry wood. The color of
cherry juice, which was at one time the actual material used to make
There is also a color called cranberry. I assure you it is not the
color of cranberry "wood".
If you can find a can that says "looks like 5 year old cherry wood",
let us know!
Well, duh, Sherlock. If a customer comes to a custom cabinet maker and
says they want a particular type of wood and they want a clear
coating, they obviously want the color of the wood to be a certain
color to match the rest of the kitchen decor. A PROFESSIONAL cabinet
maker would not want those cabinets finished in a way that the color
would change. If the customer wanted an aged look, the cabinet maker
would age it before protecting it to prevent further aging.
On 11/13/10 8:42 AM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
I would say that any professional would listens to the customer and make
sure that he understands what the customer wants.
When we remodeled our kitchen, I chose cherry cabinets with a clear finish
and really wanted the natural aging process. WE knew that it would not have
the same color one the first day as one or five or ten years later. WE have
several cherry antiques and the wood colors are all different. The variety
adds interest IMO.
But we understood what we were getting and how the look would change over
Sounds like the fantasy world of IT analysts talking to the business... huge
gaps seems to be the norm!
In this case "cherry with clear finish" seems to lack any ambiguity but they
were talking two different languages... like IT and the business.
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