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#1 posted 01-31-2011 04:25 PM

Best method I’ve discovered is to use a water soluble dye (woodworker’s supply antique cherry). This brings the new wood to the same color as aged cherry. Then finish as normal. I have a house full of cherry, floors, cabinets etc. most of which has aged naturally. I have made pieces using the dye method, and after several years they are both the same color… the naturally aged and the dyed. The dye has the advantage of evening out the color of any sapwood or other variations in the project. And the water based dye is light safe and does not fade. I’ve tried a number of the common methods for quick aging cherry, but none has worked better than the dye, and none is easier. Just my experience. Your mileage may differ.

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