We have professional finishers on the forum. I'd like to hear their opinions regarding stain or no stain.
Put me down on the side of using a stain on almost any type wood. I think it brings out the grain and enhances the wood. This includes Walnut, Oaks and Mahogany.
Non-professionals, those that have had poor experiences with staining and those that like to skip all the steps they can always say they like it "natural" with no stain.
Yes there's many differences of opinion, but that's what makes our world go round.
Well Toolman....here goes the storm!!! LOL It is an opinion to use or NOT to use stain....
MY personal opinion of stain is.....IF you want a piece a different color....SPEND the money for that type of wood quit being cheap...
MY opinion is also why take a expensive wood and change the color???
MY opinion is IF you have to use stain what is it your hiding????
I can take a clear finish and bring out things most never knew was in the wood...it's all in how it's applied.
I guess by now you've figured out I'm not a fan of stain.....Wood is absolutely beautiful without stain, IF you don't like the sapwood, cut it out....matching grains and patterns make a world of difference without having to stain to "blend" the color. I don't personally like gloss so I final coat with a semi or flat BUT only one coat as the more used the milkier/dingier it appears. That is my Professional opinion.
Mackman, Denatured alcohol is the product to use, most larger major highend lumber sellers use it....it brings out the grain and chatouancy and evaporates quickly without effecting the color or leaving a residue....I'd personally mix it 1/2 and 1/2 with water to prevent the flamability....it burns with 0 to very little visibilty and flashes quickly. Cherry does range in color BUT more depending on where it grew AND how it was processed. Finish....IF I have time I prefer waterlox. Jay has some good info on finishes especially towards more historic and nature friendly.
Cherry....awe the beauty!!! Keep us posted with a thread on the build!!