Jeff Fleischer (chpcrvr) was over yesterday wrapping up his cherry bathroom project and he brought a copy of American Woodworker (Feb/March Issue), article by Tim Johnson.
There was an article in it on using gel finishes to color cherry. Now, because cherry likes to blotch and it almost always does, gels are super. Well, good gels any way. I am a big fan of Bartley Gels. I have been using them for 25 years and General Finishes has a good line of them as well.
Anyway, the guy said to use 2 coats of clear gel followed by two coats of “Candlelite” by General Finish. I tried it. Very nice indeed. I then tried Bartley “Warm Cherry” and “Georgian Cherry”. The Georgian was way to red so I mixed it with some warm cherry (center) but the “Warm Cherry” (left side) was almost a dead ringer for my own Gemini formula, the “Candlelite” was a little darker and a hint redder, but quite nice (right side).
Jeff’s drawer front is in the background as a comparison. Now, cherry will continue to darken on it’s own, but adding color helps to make the contrast from one board to the next uniform. I must say the gel on gel coloring worked extremely well and both the Bartley Warm Cherry as well as the General Finish Candelite were quite nice.
We got the settle table in the finish room, it’s made of pine so we started with a staining of General Finishes Cranberry Red Stain. This was the match for a sample they had, sort of becomes the base color. Now we will move on to more creative distressing and some finishing stuff. You know, glazes and all….to be continued.
Oh geez, gotta fill ya in here, it’s already started. That clean up thing. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the thorough cleaning and when done will be quite nice, but ya see this will present me a big problem….INVENTORY!I ain’t talking the tax thing, where it is counted and numbers recorded. I’m talking, “Do you know how many rotuers, cans of dye, stain, router bits” all that stuff and what is amazing is that the list can be recited from memory for months to come. I mean there isn’t anything wrong with having a few extra odds and ends, now is there? I mean you can cook with one pot or one spoon, but having a few extra is a lot better, right? and besides, that router bit changing thing takes a lot of time, very counter productive. Then there is also the, “What’s this for? Why do you have 3 of these? What are you going to do with this?”
Somehow I don’t think this is a good idea, and I saved the best one for last, “Did you know you had this?
Catch ya later!