I have a friend who wants me to build new kitchen cabinets for her.
I'm not uncomfortable with the woodworking part, but the finish she
wants is a deep red cherry she sees at some of the home centers.
I've often wondered about how the commercial cabinet makers achieve
their finishes. From the research I've done over the past few days it
would appear that they use spray lacquers. I would like to know the
1. Am I correct in thinking the commercial cabinet producers use
2. If I decide to use a spray lacquer, should I tint the lacquer or
spray a clear lacquer over a stained wood? (I have used aniline dyes
for a smaller project and sprayed a clear coat over that, but I'm not
sure if this would be good for a large project).
3. If I am going to color the wood, does it really matter if I use
cherry wood or not? Couldn't I just use birch in such a case?
4. I have an HVLP spray setup, but since I don't have proper
ventilation I'd prefer using water based lacquers. Anyone had any
experiences with these?
Thanks in advance for the help. This project is still in the planning
phase, so I have some time to experiment with suggestions.