I am making a cherry crandle for my sisters new baby, and was wondering what finish people use on cherry, as I have never worked with this wood before. I have heard that Danish oil is the best finish to use on cherry. But I was wondering what other peoples choices where.
Cherry may well be my most favorite wood to work with. Recently I finished a cherry EC and used a series of steps to finish out the cherry.
Goes like this, 3 coats of Watco danish oil, 24 hours cure between coats, light sanding with wet/dry 400 on that last coat. 4-6 coats of a home made wiping clear top coat, applied like the Danish oil (vol of 1/3 tung oil, 1/3 poly(I use Flecto satin) and 1/3 thinner). On the last two coats I use the same 400 wet paper to wet sand in the finish, then apply a paste wax final finish.
If you are thinking of a finish for a cherry craddle you will want to comnsider a child safe finish, the one I described will need a few weeks to fully harden out based on humidity and may NOT be suitable for a craddle.
I am of the school of allowing cherry to age with time to a natural colour, with out any other information avaible to me I might consider a water based top coat, even shellac.
Pamela, I have worked with cherry often and like to "pop the grain" with boiled linseed oil 50:50 with turpentine, followed after two or more days with two or more coats of satin poly. After the oil application, it must be wiped off to a surface dry condition. You may see some of my work at the link below.
Hey Ron...Cool Site!!!....I'm up in Barrie and was in Beeton last week ...should be down there again in a week or so...might stop in to meet you and see the projects for real, if that's alright with you....Dan Madill