Another Cherry Finishing Question
I've made the Tilt Top Table from a Norm project, in Cherry. I don't plan to dye or stain it, letting it age naturally. But I'm curious about a couple of things. I know Cherry has a tendancy to show blotches. Since I'm not using any dyes or stains, I want to make sure I avoid these.
To get the grain figure to show better, I'll probably use Watco Danish Natural as the first step. Then maybe WaterLox or, wipe on polyurethane. But if my memory serves, even with Danish Oil, can blotches still show? I don't have hardley any sapwood in the project, but I still don't want the boards to show uneven.
Should I consider the Minwax Conditioner? If I choose something like clear dewaxed Shellac as the base, can I forget the Danish Oil to get the grain firgure to really show through?
I read Terry Brown's post on his Cherry project and I agree with the advice. I've stayed away from dye & stain on Cherry. I saw Bill Esposito's Cherry rocker and I admire how even it looks. Maybe some of that success is due to board selection? From his pictures, maybe I'll be alright with just Danish Oil and then a clear top coat as he suggests.
I've cleaned the piece with mineral spirits and to check the color and consistancy of the wood. If blotches were going to be a problem, would I see them at this point before it evaporates?
Thanks, all comments welcomed.
Last edited by Mike Jory; 04-06-2007 at 06:48 PM.
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