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Forum topic by tealetm posted 10-24-2018 02:13 PM 383 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2018 02:13 PM

I offered to make large serving tray to sit on a long buffet type table for a restaurant (they are looking for 20-24” wide, 48” long, and live edge). I have this piece of cherry that I thought would meet their request perfectly but as I clean it up I realize that the colors aren’t as nice as I was expecting. The photos came out a bit bland and make it look worse than it is, but you can see the dark portion around some of the edge and at the tip which go through the wood- this has been flattened and only sanded to 60 grit. Is this water staining? If I have to find a new slab I will, but they really liked the shape and I thought a few butterflys at the cracks, some epoxy fill and a glossy Waterlox finish would be nice on this type of piece. Any comments on the coloring of this piece would be appreciated. (side note: some do not like the looks of butterflys but I think they are needed for these splits, do you agree?)


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#1 posted 10-24-2018 02:18 PM

Another note- would butterflys/bowties be appropriate in this? The cracks are actually where the wood switches to end grain.

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#2 posted 10-24-2018 03:36 PM

Wash it with oxalic acid. Mix about 1/4 cup oxalic acid powder in a quart of hot water and dissolve. Use a cheap chip brush to completely wet the surface. Do the entire surface, not just the dark areas. Let it dry and wash off the crystals. It might take multiple applications.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 10-24-2018 03:37 PM

Interesting Rich and after some more reading you’re not the first to suggest this. Do you think it would take away the “rich” cherry color too though?

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#4 posted 10-24-2018 03:41 PM


Interesting Rich and after some more reading you re not the first to suggest this. Do you think it would take away the “rich” cherry color too though?

- tealetm

It shouldn’t. It’s used often in restorations to remove water stains, etc. Besides, the tung oil in the Waterlox will add depth and darken it.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 10-24-2018 03:48 PM

That looks like it was part of a branch. I do like the way it looks but it give me a nervous feeling because of the second center. I hope its very dry.
Good luck

-- Aj

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