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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 12:14 AM

This isn’t necessarily the only finishing process that Norm has used on cherry but here is one sequence:

- apply an amber stain, dry
- wipe on thin coat of sealer, dry
- knock down with 3/0 steel wool
- apply glaze: brown mahogany pigment in dispersion oil
wipe off excess with fresh rag going along the grain
dry overnight
- knock down again with 4/0 steel wool
- apply several coats of wipe on satin polyurethane, drying between each coat

This is an attempt to mimic aged cherry.

Another recommended process that Norm has used on his show is simply putting on Danish oil and letting the cherry age naturally.

I generally wipe on Danish oil, let it cure and top coat with poly. If I want to add an amber coloring to the cherry I will put on a 2 lb cut of amber shellac before adding the topcoat.

Hope this helps.

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