I just put on a good varnish (poly) and admire the woods natural beauty. Oh
and I do not let it sit in direct sunlight as the darkening affect can be
uneven from side to side I do however prior to putting on the poly let it
sit in the sun(rotating about very few hours) until it reaches the shade I
Most folks consider adding any color to Cherry a crime. Me too.
The October Fine Woodworking Magazine has a nice simple finish that
happens to be shown on Cherry. They describe in detail a way to get a
good fast finish.
I do a similar finish but ut takes longer.
Sand to 220. Put a single coat of tung oil or biold linseed oil per
instructions, just to help increase the contracst in the Cherry and
darken it a bit. Then use Shellac. The trick with shellac is to thin it
out well and use several thin coats with some 400 or fine grit in
between and finally some steel wool and wax.
Obviously, try the finish on extra wood, sanded to the same grit for
starters and go all the way to the wax steps to be sure it has the look
you want. A hasty finish has ruined more wood projects than any other
yes tung oil then shellac
I like to wet sand the last couple coats of shellac by putting down some
tung oil then using a wet dry sandpaper. The final step is fine pumice
with tung oil before some furniture wax to protect the shellac
the photo doesn't do the box justice but here is a jewelry box I did a
couple years ago
My favorite finish for cherry, especially items which will not see wear and
abuse, is natural Danish oil(brand name here is Watco, but I'm sure there are
others over your way). After several days to cure, apply several coats of high
quality paste wax. It will positively glow, and virtually foolproof to apply.
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