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02-01-2010 03:10 AM

I am in the process of finishing a cherry armoire for my wife and I need help with the finish. This is my first project that I am staining (last few were painted). I want to show the natural grain of the cherry and get a nive rich dak color. What can I use that won’t be overwhelming for a first timer and not super time consuming.

Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 03:28 AM

cherry over time gets darker by itself, if there’s a way to put it in the sun for a few hours do that and just put on BLO with a nice gloss or semi gloss arm a seal top coat

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 03:45 AM

I agree,worked a lot with cherry and that is the easiest way to a deep cherry color.

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#3 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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#4 posted 02-01-2010 07:03 PM

I am going to try a few coats of General Finishes Georgian Cherry Gel Stain followed by some Clear Satin Top Coat Gel. I will do tests on a scrap of cherry to test colors. The question is should I use shellac after sanding?

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