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I know that cherry has a tendency to be blotchy because of its uneven
density. I recently made a cofee table, finished with tung then waterlox
that still displayed some splotchyness in the more flatsawn pieces.
O have a new project going and hoped to avoid that issue by selecting
riftsawn stock. No such luck. I did a test with denatured alcohol and these
are the results. This top was glued up from 4 pieces from the same board.
From left to right, 2 and 4 are splotchy.
Will a spit coat of shellac eliminate the splotchies? Why would shellac not
splotch like any other finish?
Test on scrap does not work well here as the problem is inconsistency within
the same board.
Here's how I finish Cherry with little or no blotchiness.
I hit it with an oil (watco, linseed, tung, whatever) but use very little
I don't flood the surface. It's something like a thimble worth of oil for
square foot (according to Jeff Jewitt I think). I rub this on and let it
dry. Then I hit it with shellac after that. You could go over the oil
compatible finish you prefer after that as long as it's not going to
lacquer, shellac, varnish, etc...).
Basically the oil is just enough to pop the grain but not highlight the
I prefer to use shellac most times after that when I'm working with Cherry.
Shellac is more of a top coat finish (ie. doesn't penetrate very much).
This is an age old question and you'll find there are a million different
Do a google search for "finish Cherry" and you'll be pretty busy!
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