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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 03:58 AM

YT, “suntanning” cherry works but it may be difficult to do this with a piece as large as an armoire and this is not the best time of year to be letting a piece a furniture sit outside. My normal routine for cherry is a base coat of boiled linseed oil, which will give the cherry a slightly darker tone, followed by a shellac sealer. You can give it additional color by using an amber shellac. Then topcoat with a wiping varnish to provide surface protection for the wood.

I would recommend that you create a finish story stick by using scrap pieces of cherry and show each step of the finishing routine that you decide. This will help you select the steps that you want to include in your project.

And the armoire should be completely sanded as part of the finishing routine. If I am going to stain then I will sand to 150 grit. If it is going to get a natural finish, as I do cherry, then I will sand it to 180 grit.

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