This is so off the wall, I cannot wait for C-less to chime in, but...
As some of you have seen, I am working on a small cherry clock right now. On
my last cherry clock I did lye dye job and I really liked the deep red
cherry look, as did the person I gave the clock to. This time though, I am
treading heavily on the Shaker tradition and I think I might end up getting
haunted if I dye the clock with lye.
I know someone who owns a tanning bed and I was wondering if I put the clock
on the tanning bed for a period of time if it would age the cherry quickly?
Seeing as the sun is soon to never rise again here in the GWN until spring
again, I don't have the option of just leaving it outdoors on sunny days for
a week like youse guys down south do.
Any other options for artificially quickening the darkening process of
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My bet is that UV light would work to darken the cherry, but the quality of
the color could certainly be tested with a scrap piece of the same project
under UV ... who knows, it may be what he's looking for.
Well, a deep mahogany stain....No? When you stop screaming, I suggest you take
a couple boards and stick them in your pal's tanning bed. Make them freshly
machined and see what a few hours does.
Who knows. It just might work. Sounds at least semi-logical, anyway.
And report the results, please. Inquiring minds would like to know. As would us
"Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle."
The surface'll turn ugly gray and lose a lot of chatoyance. Make sure
you've got a coat or two of cut linseed in it before you try the UV.
Nice thing about air-dried cherry is that it's already got some maturity on
the patina when you use it. KD stuff is generally steamed at the last to
relieve case-hardening, and it looks sorta muddy and light.
True, but...somehow, the elegant deep red of mahogany (and cherry) ahs been
transformed by the U.S. furniture industry into a solid black that may get 3
drops of red pigment per 50 gallons of finish. It's not really ugly, but it's
also not really cherry or mahogany. But, then, neither is the wood used, so I
guess that's fair.
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On 09 Nov 2003 12:16:53 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self)
The cherry stains used by furniture factories look fake next to my
cherry pieces that have aged naturally over time. These factory
pieces may just as well be painted and/or made from plywood.
Recently my sister-in-law asked about the wood grain lines in my
table. She never saw naturally-aged cherry wood!
Sorry if this is the original "option" but I didn't see the original
Aging with Lye works VERY well and is extemely easy to do. I used about
1 of the plastic spoons of lye to a cup of water and then just sponged it
on after planing and again after sanding.
If you are seeing any residual lye after it dries, your using too much
lye (or not enough water).
I have tried the catalyzed two part aging stuff (sold through Woodworkers
Supply - search for "old growth"). It produces a nice warm tint that looks
nice. My oldest try with it is about a year old now. I would use it again.
James T. Kirby
All lye does is speed up the natural process; it is not a stain or
artificial color. The Shakers approved of modern technology and were very
adaptive to mass production for use by outsiders (chair factory, etc.). Have
David -- I did a quickie cherry-aging job earlier this year by leaving
the finished article in the sun on my driveway for a few afternoons.
This substantially darkened the cherry, though it was not a substitute
for normal aging. I rotated the object occasionally to get uniform
coverage. If it's too late for that, you might want to use the lye
method again. It's not a dye, but a sort of accelerant. If Shaker
ghosts bother you afterward you can threaten them with a can of stain.
Why can't we just wait and enjoy the natural coloring process, which takes
at most a year, especially if you use linseed oil on the cherry first.
Sunlight can actually BLEACH the color,for what it's worth.
You've got to be kidding. I've got cherry stuff I built 10 years ago and
it still gets a little darker every year. I'll be dead long before it
gets deep red (if cherry actually does that without stain).
I have a set of cherry chairs that I finished with linseed oil and beeswax and
the dining room (window faces north). Within a month they were deep red. Now
years later but I can't tell any difference since the first year.
Hi David. I ain't SansCee, but perhaps you'll take a liking to my
I have many thoughts. Deep thoughts. Not so deep thoughts. Thoughts that
will surely make me go blind. (BTW, I like those thoughts the best.) But
I only have ONE thought when it comes to finishing cherry.
Fume it. Fume it with ammonia just like you do the white oak. Then
finish off with an oil (then varnish or shellac if desired). I guarantee
you'll love it - or else you can just dispose of that clock by sending
it to me so's you won't have to look at it any longer.
Somewhere's around here, I gots pitchers of a fumed quartersawn cherry
hand mirror I Valentined my wife a couple years back. Let me see...
Ah yes, here you go:
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