I've got a project out of cherry I have to finish and I want to
possibly try something other than my usual Watco oil or brushed on
Poly. What have others had good luck with when finishing cherry ?
It may not be suitable for your project, but I was adding some cherry trim
to match some cherry kitchen cabinets and the closest matching finish turned
out to be orange shellac. But afterwards, I learned that the cabinet
manufacturer sold their stain that matched the cabs. The shellac is a damn
close match anyways.....
Well actually, that may be very close to what I want. I was leaning
towards using an oil followed by shellac (as I thought I had read
something along those lines in an issue of Fine Woodworking)
Thanks for the suggestion.
Our shop built a custom piece of furniture for historical author David
McCullough and that is just what he wanted for a finish, (well the
black paint part anyway) =0 )
I kid you not !
The idea being that as it wore off it would expose the cherry. ( it
may have even got distressed I can't remember) Never did see the
finished product as it was taken to be sprayed and then wrapped up for
I have a mixture that I use for all of my cherry projects. What I do is mix
3 parts Zar cherry gel
stain with 1 part Woodcote cherry gel stain. You have to mix them
thoroughly, but they will give you the color you're looking for.
The real issue with cherry is it has a tendency to blotch, so I always
recommend a gel stain. They penetrate more uniformly than other types of
After the stain, use a sprayed-on lacquer.
Hope that helps.
Initial coat of 1 part tung oil and 1 part mineral spirits. Flow on enough to
keep the surface wet for about 15 minutes, then wipe excess off.
3-4 coats of full strength tung oil, applied in the same way.
If the surface is likely to take some abuse (e.g. a kitchen table), use a
mixture of 1/3 tung oil, 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 oil based poly instead of
the straight tung oil. 3-4 coats applied the same way.
Finish off with a mix of 1/2 tung oil and 1/2 beeswax. (The beeswax needs to be
shaved and dissolved in the tung oil while warming in a double boiler or crock
pot. Be careful with the heat.)
The result is a durable, easy to repair, finish that will give the cherry a
little color, but will also allow it to darken naturally. The stuff just keeps
getting more beautiful.
Minwax Antique Oil http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page 393 is
what I used on my cherry bed. I got it locally and paid a lot less
than $12.99 per qt plus shipping, though . . . .
-Don (making a cherry convertible crib to finish the same way)
With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
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