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Noho12C

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Hello,

I'm finishing the construction of a tool cabinet. I bought some european cherry, which appears to be much lighter in color than american cherry (which im used to).

I initially intended to use Polyx Oil from Osmo, as it's quite durable for a shop cabinet.

However, I would like now to darken it a bit. BLO could help, but Osmo wont work on it.

Thus, looking for some advice on how to darken a bit the timber and give it some protection in a fairly humid environment...

Thanks !
Chris.
 

thetyreman

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I would probably go with shellac if you want it darker garnet shellac, experiment on some scraps first, I think cherry darkens over time, it depends how much sunlight gets to it, you might want to be careful not to over darken it if it'll go darker anyway.
 

Rich C

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50/50 garnet and blonde shellac gives a nice pale brown without being as orange as lemon shellac.
 

Noho12C

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Thanks guys, gonna try that tomorrow on some scrap !

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