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post #1 of 3 Old 07-05-2019, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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Finishing Cherry wood kitchen cabinets

The cabinets in my kitchen are cherry wood. I built a door panel for a refrigerator and finished it with tung oil. I don't expect it to be a perfect match, but unfortunately, it does not match the other cabinets very well (I think people call it blotchy). First, what should I have done (e.g., began with a sealer or conditioner, followed by blo, tung oil or poly)? Second, should I try sanding down the door panel, add a sealer, then some type of finish other than tung oil. I like how the surface of cherry feels and looks with the tung oil. It's just the blotchy appearance that's the problem. Many Thanks, Al
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-05-2019, 09:04 AM
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Blotchy really only happens when you use a wood stain, not a clear finish. If you used a wood conditioner that is about all you can do. It may be the cut of wood you have is kind of knarley which shows up with the finish. Without a picture it's hard to say.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-05-2019, 04:30 PM
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What Steve said plus cherry is one on the few woods that actually darken with age, so it could take a while before it darkens to match the other doors

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