Oil Finish on Cherry

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How Oil Finish Looks on Cherry wood.

This stair finishing project is from a new construction project we did a few years ago. I had the pleasure of applying clear oil finish to the very curvacious cherry rail system. Cherry continues to be my favorite interior wood species to work with, and there really is nothing like oil finish on cherry.

In the photo, you can see the depth of color brought out by the oil by comparing the lighter sections to the darker. Its a rich look, and nothing makes cherry scream in quite the same way. The feel is further enhanced by the “pop” of the cherry against the maple treads (also finished by Topcoat). Oil on cherry is always a pleasure, and brings out the wood snob in everyone.

If you have a favorite finishing system for cherry, please leave a comment below.

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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  1. I missed this one Scott. I love how much richer an oil an make cherry.

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