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Staining cherry?

I'm making a small box out of cherry and would like to get some opinions on whether or not I should stain it or leave the natural finish and just clear coat it?
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I personally would not stain cherry because cherry is a beautiful wood. If I was planning to stain I would use a cheaper wood but that is just my opinion.
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+1 with not staining.

In addition to cherry looking nice au-naturale, it will darken over time due to UV. Hence the colour you have initially may look nice, but as the cherry underneath darkens, you may not like the result.
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Many people consider staining woods like cherry, walnut, or some mahoganies as blasphemous, and only done by rank amaterurs or very seasoned professionals.

For just a little more, you can do it yourself.
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Most people stain other woods to look like cherry.

By using certain finishes you can bring out the grain and figure in cherry that could be washed out by staining. I would let the natural wood do the talking.
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I'm making a small box out of cherry and would like to get some opinions on whether or not I should stain it or leave the natural finish and just clear coat it?
I know its a crazy thought but I wanted the crib I'm making out of cherry to be dark dark red. I died it merlot rather than stain. I like it but everyone has their own opinions. I tested 8 samples first before making a decision. After 2 top coats I can attach a picture for you
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Staining cherry

Looks like I am in the minority, but I stain cherry on a regular basis and love the way it looks. Cherry is a dream wood to work with and finishes up so nicely, I just like it a little darker so I use a light, fast drying, pigment stain that I can shoot over in less than 30 minutes.
Just my opinion, you won't hurt anything by staining as long as you don't cover up the grain.

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I think it is whomever is building the projects choice as to stain or not to stain-no right or wrong. There are many notable names that chose to stain- Stickley and Greene & greene would be a couple notable ones.
Best advice would be cherry can blotch on you- I use a general gel finish to prevent that, but I am sure there are many different ways to do that.
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I use Potasium Dichromate and an oil finish on cherry.
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