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Cherry wood finish

I have this very light in color cherry I'm working on. Any suggestion on how to get it a little darker? This will be for a small kitchen island top. Would like to keep it looking like cherry only a little darker.
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This is a pic of a TN wild cherry table I built. The finish is approx 5 coats diluted/thinned Deft brushing lacquer hand brushed/rubbed in, then 2 coats of Minwax rubbing wax finish. The center strip is hard maple with heartwood. NO stain...just not my style.

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This is finished as above but a small table top, just different angle of light.

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I use Waterlox at times for durability but it yellows lighter colored woods and not as wild about that BUT is a great finish.

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Stick it outside. Cherry darkens with exposure to UV light, so a few hours in direct sunshine will make a dramatic difference. Just don't leave anything on top of it

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i used oil based poly on this cherry.

build it right or not at all
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i used oil based poly on this cherry.
Really clear finish! Down right invisible! (your picture did not post)
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Cherry will turn to a rich medium brown if left to age after finishing---

I'm with Tim and the others--be patient and you will be able to enjoy natures beauty at its best, leaving it natural.

If you must stain---try Varathane Spring Oak or Summer oak
Experiment---
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I build almost exclusively with cherry. Many times I need to make a new piece match an older one.Cherry wood finish-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1440962749.263575.jpg

This is a perfect example. Changed a pencil post bed from queen to king. New head board need to match and your never going to get a stain to work. So I use lye in a pint of warm water. Wipe it on and age to wood in a matter of minutes. Cherry wood finish-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1440962928.686920.jpg

It's very easy to do and it only works on cherry. It leaves the finish just like it would if it were many years old. Less lye in the pint makes a lighter color. Cherry wood finish-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1440963087.548181.jpg

This board is half treated and the other half not.Cherry wood finish-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1440963166.164407.jpg

This is with the finish applied. I believe I posted a thread on the application called No stain cherry stain finish.

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Really clear finish! Down right invisible! (your picture did not post)

good one. you got me

if anyone can tell me how to get a pic on a post id appreciate it

thanks !

build it right or not at all
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Keep in mind using a oil based polyurethane on light colored wood the finish will yellow some over time and alter the color a little. If this is an issue you might consider a waterborne finish or any finish that is an acrylic.
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