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how to finish cherry wood

Cherry wood is one of the finest woods for woodworking. Many carpenters really like to use it as a raw material to make home furniture. Cherry wood naturally has a pinkish color and gradually changes into red as time passes by. However, some furniture owners cannot wait that long, so they may want to learn how to finish cherry wood. To preserve the rich color of Cherry wood, its surfaces must be treated with a lacquer finish, which must be applied correctly so as not to damage the beauty of your furniture. Use an 80 grit sandpaper, stirring stick mixer, paint thinner, polyurethane wood finish, a damp rag or tack cloth, stain, lint-free cloth, and white cloths. Here are the steps on how to finish your Cherry wood furniture.

    1. Get all your materials. The task of preserving your wood can be done easily if you have all the materials you need. Check if all of the enumerated items above are at and. Place and organize them in a reachable area.

    2. Keep yourself safe.

      Your safety first must be above anything else. When dealing with polyurethane and paint thinner, safety goggles are highly recommended. These materials are also flammable. Hence, it is best to work in an open space or in a well-ventilated area. Use work gloves to keep your hands safe from chemicals.

    3. Clean the surfaces of the wood. Use a clean cloth soaked in water to remove dirt and dust. You can also use some detergent to remove stains and tough dirt. Then wipe it using a lint-free cloth to eliminate excess moisture. Allow the wood surfaces to completely dry.

    4. Sand. Use 80 grit sandpaper to eliminate any other stains and dirt. Then use the 120 grit sand paper. Finally, use 220 grit sandpaper for a much smoother feel.

    5. Apply the stain. Allow the stain to penetrate and wipe off the excess with a clean cloth for an even coating. Cover and allow it to dry for the time range prescribed by the stain manufacturer.

    6. Mix polyurethane and paint thinner. In equal amounts, mix paint thinner and polyurethane. Apply and wipe off the excess solution for an even and smooth coat. Allow the solution to dry for at least 8 hours. Apply the second coat in the same manner. Cover the entire surface and allow to dry for at least 12 hours.

    7. Sand the surfaces again using 320 grit sandpaper. Slowly sand the wood surfaces so that the grains of the wood will open. Wipe the entire surface with a clean cloth and water to remove dust and dirt. Wipe it dry and eliminate all traces of moisture.

    8. Apply an undiluted polyurethane wood finish. Apply the finish like in step 6. Let the first coat dry overnight. Use 320 grit sandpaper again after the first coat is dry. Then apply another coat of polyurethane finish. For the third coat, repeat the same procedure of drying and sanding. If after the third coat, the surface is still not shiny, apply a fourth. Let the final coat dry until the following morning. Do not touch until completely dry.

If you think that these steps on how to finish Cherry wood are easy to follow, then get started. Do what you have to do preserve your fine Cherry furniture and make your home furnishings last through time.    


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