Making a new coffee table for the den and found some nice reclaimed cherry I haven't worked with reclaimed wood before and am wondering what those of you who have suggest in the way of finishing. It is pretty rough, so it is going to have a pass or two through the planer. It's a full 1 inch thick and I plan on just getting a decent surface, so I imagine I'll have 7/8 or so when I'm done machining. Finishing thoughts?
You'll quickly find after a pass or two through the planer that some of
the dents and depressions show up really well. You can either keep
planing until they're gone, attempt to sand out the area, fill it, or
leave it alone.
Other than that, it's no different than the new stuff.
A beautiful finish for cherry is a hand rubbed oil/poly/wax finish a la Sam
Or you can make your own. Here is a cherry/walnut hope chest I used the
Rockler product on a few years back:
Cherry finished in this manner, gorgeous from the first application, gets
richer looking with each passing year.
On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 6:48:11 AM UTC-5, Swingman wrote:
That's a gorgeous piece. I recall reading about Maloof's finish in FWW about 25
years ago and trying a mix of poly/stain on a couple of pieces. The finish was
superb. Alas, I've forgotten the ratio of poly to stain. Any help?
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