Two coats of RBS, and everything's cool. <g,d&r>
Actually, I think I used some, when I 'recycled' some cabinet shop leftover
doors. I gave it a coat or three of Tried & True Original, which it
slurped up, then a coat of Briwax Clear. The color was good, but I didn't
keep the pieces here long enough to evaluate the longer term changes. The
texture was different, and the wood worked 'softer' than the other cherry
But then, in California, we don't get first choice on cherry lumber.
Nor do we in Saskatchewan.
Hardwoods are very expensive here, and with the steamed cherry at 7.90
CAD / bf it's comparativeley affordable. But if it's inferior, I can
buy poplar for less than 1/3 that and stain it.
They had a couple of 7 or 8 foot by 10 inch that were the shortest. So
figure $50 a board for the shortest they had... I may have a project or
two in mind, but after Christmas.
I picked up a board of some nicely figured stuff from the "other" bin
(it's destined to be a jewelery box for the daughter for Christmas).
4/4 by 5" by 7' for $10.50 CAD / bf.
I live in Pennsylvania and neither do we! LOL
I buy from local saw mill who air dries and then wood fires to finish and
doesn't steam. I've use his wood and I've purchased steamed cherry from
major mills here in Pa and they seem to finish about the same, although the
steamed is a bit lighter. I often combine steamed and not steamed in the
same piece and I can't tell the difference.
BTW, FWIW I recently purchased some great 4/4, 5/4 veneer quality cherry
from this local mill for $4/ft USD. It's nice....
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Steamed cherry is only a one time shot. It's stress-relieved a couple of
times in the kiln cycle anyway, normally by injecting steam. It does slow
the aging versus air-dried wood, but I haven't seen much difference between
it and other KD cherry. Remember, though, that sapwood does machine
differently from heartwood, even if it's not too obvious.
Red oak is about half the price of the steamed cherry here, but nice
maple is pricier. I was looking at a couple of pieces of birdseye maple
at about $12 CAD / bf but they weren't exceptional.
We don't have a huge selection here in the middle of the Canadian
prairie, in a city of 225,000.
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