Finishing Cherry, Methods and Tips with Tom McLaughlin

Finishing Cherry, Methods and Tips with Tom McLaughlin

EPISODE #45: American Cherry is right alongside walnut when it comes to our most iconic native species. The color is a rich reddish-orange brown that deepens to a rich patina over time. But finishing cherry can be tricky…or very simple. In this episode I share my favorite methods and techniques for getting the best results and enhancing the natural beauty of this classic hardwood. (Close captioned for the hearing impaired.)

• Woodfinishing Enterprises – Early American Maple, Medium Amber Woodstain #85-0143:
• General Finishes Armor Seal Satin:
• Waterlox Original Sealer / Finish, Medium Sheen:
• JE Mosers Analine dye, medium yellow maple:
• Understanding Woodfinishing by Bob Flexner:
• Bloxygen Preserver:
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  1. Wild Man Media on August 21, 2022 at 12:13 am

    I have some curly cherry i want to finsh it so it bring optimum grain pop . Im using it for knife handles

  2. J K on August 21, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Great vid…thanks so much for posting!

  3. Michael Kratky on August 21, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Charles Neil Blotch Control:

  4. Cristófano Varacolaci on August 21, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Man thank you sooo much for sharing all this content. Im just starting my journey at woodworking, i do it as a hobbie and i have learn a lot from you. Looking forward for this course. Thank you again and stay safe and healthy

  5. bdogrom on August 21, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Why not laser engraving your signature or anything that may make any piece you produce a classic or collectible item? Any item you sell would be more profitable

  6. Tom G on August 21, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for your excellent info, Tom. Used shellac recently on a picture frame project, where I used some figured sapele veneer. It was pretty blotchy in my tests with oil based finishes (poly or danish oil). Tried shellac, based on your video, and got really nice results.

  7. luxlarry J on August 21, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Love your shop talk. Trouble hearing the questions, a second mike would make the Q&A even better. thanks

  8. Dan G on August 21, 2022 at 12:42 am

    I keep a spray bottle with 1:1 water and 91% alcohol handy for raising grain. Mist it all over and it’s fully evaporated and dry in seconds instead of an hour! Every little bit helps to cut down on finish waiting times. Great show, thanks for sharing!

  9. 19Dean59 on August 21, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Great show very informative!!

  10. roxtc on August 21, 2022 at 12:46 am

    This was the most informative video I’ve found on finishing Cherry. Thank-you! Did you seal the cherry tray before Waterlox?

  11. Ben Borsa on August 21, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Another great one.
    You mentioned 1 of 3 options for aniline dyes one being for oil.
    Is tongue oil tintable with aniline dyes?

  12. greg l on August 21, 2022 at 12:49 am

    I thought your wife just got mad and kicked your cans around hahah

  13. Matt Neff on August 21, 2022 at 12:49 am

    I just found your channel and I’ve subscribed. I had a question — Danish Oil vs Waterlox, does the Cherry darken naturally overtime with both finishes?

  14. Kenneth Speed on August 21, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Fun as always. The shellac washcoat is a handy tip. An easy way to quickly enrich the color of a cherry piece is to put it outside on a sunny day; it’ll visibly darken(oxidize) in a few hours.

  15. Norm on August 21, 2022 at 12:52 am

    0:10:30 before getting to the subject… that’s not what i call YouTube format.

  16. seadawg on August 21, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Great demo! If I use tung oil for a dining table and after months of use I get very small scratches can I apply more oil with steel wool to freshen the surface up?

  17. Artagain on August 21, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Loved this unscripted content! Looking forward to the course. Thank you you for doing that Tom!

  18. Sean on August 21, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Wow seriously need to get to the topic and stay on it.