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Color changing wood

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Accelerate changes to your advantage
2 dresser tops different colors
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When the top of this cherry
dresser was blocked by the
valet, it darkened unevenly.
Cherry's color eventually stabilizes
so a sunlight bath will even
out the color.

Accelerate changes to your advantage

Color changes enhance the appearance of some woods. Freshly exposed cherry starts as a salmon-pink color. But its true glamour derives from the rich copper tones earned with exposure to UV light. Similarly, mahogany's celebrated red-tinged brown comes with time. To hasten desired darkening, bathe the completed project in full sunlight. Rotate the piece regularly to evenly expose all parts. Within weeks, you will notice a significant color change.

Updating your kitchen-cabinet doors? Repairing an antique? Accelerating wood color change also helps when you're trying to match fresh wood to an older project. Dyes and stains might make pieces match for a short time, but eventually the natural color changes will alter them further. Again, use sunlight to bring the unfinished board closer to its final color before making the decision to add color. Generally, to varying degrees, bright woods will brown, light woods will darken, and dark woods will lighten with exposure.

Continued on page 4:  Common color changers


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ltodd65781 wrote:

What is the best finish to use on red cedar

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