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    Hello woodworking friends,

    I would like to receive some advice on how to prevent blotching when finishing cherry. I have made a bread cutting board for my wife. As a finish I’ve used Chestnut food safe oil, but it looks very blotchy. It’s not a big problem for this cutting board but I am planning to build a coffee table using this wood together with mahogany. Then this blotching will be a problem. I might finish this table with Danish oil.

    One thing I’ve read is that using shellac as a primer/sealer might prevent blotching. Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance.

    #8504
    Ken
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    DEALING WITH THE CHERRY BLOTCHING PROBLEM

    http://news.thefinishingstore.com/?p=1239

    #8505
    Dave
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    What causes the blotching?

    -Canada

    #8506
    jgust747
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    This might help you, I read some good things about this product but I have not used it.

    Dallas, Texas

    #8507
    Dave
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    Wait a minute, he’s talking about applying stain or color to cherry, if you are using just oil or clear shelac is this blotching still a problem.

    -Canada

    #8511
    Ken
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    As Michael said in his opening post, he used Chestnut food safe oil and it was very blotchy.

    #8540

    Thanks guys. The Chestnut is just a clear oil finish. I believe blotching is caused by differences in density.

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