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06-10-2019 11:21 PM

I have three live edge pieces of cherry too be used as serving trays.i want to do three different finishes to explore the looks…what are your favorite ways to finish cherry for something like this?


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#1 posted 06-10-2019 11:25 PM

Pure tung oil and leave in the sun. Unless you make your own BLO or buy the pure stuff from solventfreefinishes.com

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https://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/adding_age_to_cherry/

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#2 posted 06-10-2019 11:52 PM

If the boards are to have knives or serving forks used on them walnut oil – do not want a hard or film finish of any kind.

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#3 posted 06-11-2019 12:07 AM

Nice, thanks guys. Is there something that will give a somewhat glossy finish?

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#4 posted 06-11-2019 12:08 AM

Before applying oil,should I sand to 220, 400, 2000? Idk….

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#5 posted 06-11-2019 12:16 PM

An oil will not add gloss. It will darken the wood similar to wetting with water. I think most folks sand to 400 for cutting boards. Going higher may look a bit glossier. You could use a film finish for more gloss its just that utensils will quickly scratch it up.

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#6 posted 06-11-2019 01:21 PM

Patrickgeddes14, the use of the words “live edge” and talking about using any species of wood for a kitchen piece really gives me pause. I for one do NOT want little crumbles of bark, included in my food. I would suggest you consider that going forward. Now on the table top you are eating your cheese at, sure go ahead if that look pleases you. If the use of “serving tray” has nothing to do with foods, my apologies.

Any oil is gonna impart that transformative deepening of color, clarity, and WOW you see at the end of any cutting board video, where they dunk the board, or even wipe it, with an oil. I too like Walnut oil for this.

Specifically for Cherry though, and for reasons that aren’t for protection, I would be horse whipped before putting a finish on Cherry that changes the color of it for purposes of making it different right now. IE: Dye, stain, whatever. I always prefer to let it get it’s own suntan to deepen it’s color. I look at it as a marvelous looking piece when it is brand new, and it only improves with age. Not sure if your 3 different looks, was about this?

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#7 posted 06-11-2019 04:13 PM

Another option if you want the board glossy. Get a piece of marble or granite(even a solid tile) and route and glue that in.

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#8 posted 06-11-2019 07:59 PM


Specifically for Cherry though, and for reasons that aren’t for protection, I would be horse whipped before putting a finish on Cherry that changes the color of it for purposes of making it different right now. IE: Dye, stain, whatever. I always prefer to let it get it s own suntan to deepen it s color. I look at it as a marvelous looking piece when it is brand new, and it only improves with age. Not sure if your 3 different looks, was about this?
- therealSteveN

Completely agree with live edge for food comment, not so much the foreign object potential, but the un-cleanable surface

I have to ad that for figured pieces, I use Charles Neil’s Dye method to “Pop” the chatoyance
Simple Napkin Holder from Scrap, Cherry, Walnut & Ipe

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#9 posted 06-11-2019 08:05 PM

I give up I hate this new photo software, can’t flip em’’’


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