Don't get too excited, but it's time for another finish experiment. Just after I selected figured cherry for the drawers and door panels, I saw an online demo of Charles Neil's new pre-color conditioner for blotch control. I had been contemplating going for the "aged cherry" look for this piece, which usually means some kind of dye, stain, or glazing. And I know what dye and figured cherry typically mean - blotching. So I figured I'd run an experiment with the blotch control under a few different finish options and evaluate the results. I won't spill the beans of the final selection just yet, but this episode shows the process and results of the experiment.
By the way, this is a process I like to go through before I start assembling any project. There are usually certain components like floating panels that can be easier to finish before assembling. So testing a number of finish options early on in the process can be very helpful. There's nothing worse than laboring over a project and applying a finish only to find it wasn't what you were expecting. Just another example of better safe than sorry (which seems to be a recurring theme in this craft).