On page 30 there's an explanation about how I finished the Shaker Bench. The key thing was finding a stain that would be • close in color to "aged" cherry. I found a product at an art supply store that does as good a job as any I've seen. It's called Liquitex Wood Stain. This is a water-based gel stain. One 4 oz. bottle was enough to stain the seat and back rest of the Bench.
Woodsrnith Project Supplies is offering the Liquitex Wood Stain (Cherry only). W88-4003 060 Liquitex Cherry Stain $4.79 per 4 oz.
After the stain dried on the Shaker Bench, I applied two coats of General Finishes' Arm-R-Seal satin top coat to the whole bench (both the maple and the cherry). It's a durable oil and urethane finish. W88-4003-620 Arm-R-Seal Oil and Urethane Top Coat (Satin) $9.95 quart
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