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    Cherry Oops

    Long time since I have posted due to lots of reasons but have a situation with a gift made for my wife and thought this forum has the most knowledgeable people I that I could ask for a solution. I made a box that is shaped like a book with a lid which opens. The lid is cherry and the box is maple. She left the box in a room in our house which gets lots of sun. However, she put some round object on top of the box and after a period she moved the round object and found that the majority of the lid had been changed to a warm amber, but where the round object sat on the lid was a much lighter colored circle. I used a shellac finish and the color difference is not in the finish (didn't think I would be that lucky). Can the lid be sanded to even out the color and start over? -- Sorry, didn't have my phone with me last night to get a picture.
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    Roger, You could sand it out, but the circle would probably disappear with a few days in the sun.

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    I'm with Ted. Sand off the finish and put it in the sun...should balance out eventually. Or maybe an opportunity for an inlaid circle of a contrasting wood?
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    I'm even more with Ted, set it in the sun for a few days/weeks and don't sand it out and see if it normalizes

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    What Ryan said. Leave the finish. Put it in sun for a few days. You will be surprised. The magic of cherry.
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    Thanks to all the responses. Jeff, she had already suggested putting some sort of circular medallion on the circle. I figured I would get some opinions first before I jumped into causing myself more work. Now if we only had some sun in northwest Missouri!
    Roger from Missouri

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    i would say leave the finish, cover the non faded areas, leave in the sun to even out. oh yeah, and take the cannoli.
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    Hehe, I figured that was sunny side up compared to the grey northwest

    You can also get the same effect with a UV light. And there's always summer if you're not in a hurry

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