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post #1 of 3 Old 10-29-2014, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Accelerate darkening of cherry

I'm working on a pepper mill that I hope to end up looking like a two tone baseball bat. One half was made of maple and the other half is made of cherry. After I turned the cherry, it has very little contrast to the maple. I know it will darken with age, but I've only got until Christmas. What can I do to accelerate the darkening? Since it will be used to dispense pepper, I'd rather not use poisonous chemicals. Will exposure to sun alone do the trick. How about a UV light?
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-30-2014, 12:02 AM
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Yes, exposure to sunlight will quickly darken unfinished cherry. I saw a guy leave a saw blade on a sheet of cherry plywood sitting in the sun and in 30 minutes the sheet darken except where the blade was and it left a image in the sheet where you could tell how many teeth the blade had. Sunlight will also darken the maple but not as much. You might stick some scraps in the sun before you try it on your project to make sure it has the outcome you wish.
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I would go with the sunlight. I have put finished cherry furniture outside for 3-4 days and it darkens a great deal.
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