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Cherry, Black

Yellow pink sapwood with reddish brown to deep red heartwood. Colour deepens with age and exposure. Fine uniform, straight grain, satiny smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. Medium density with good bending properties. Low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Eastern North America

Scientific Name

Prunus serotina

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.47

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.56

Janka Hardness

950

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish colour.

Grain/Texture

The grain is usually straight and easy to work with the exception of figured pieces with curly grain patterns. Has a fine, even texture with moderate natural luster.

Endgrain

Semi-ring-porous to diffuse-porous; small pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; mineral/gum deposits occasionally present; growth rings usually distinct due to a concentration of earlywood pores; rays visible without lens; parenchyma absent.

Rot Resistance

Heartwood is rated as being very durable and resistant to decay.

Workability

Cherry is known as being one of the best all-around woods for workability. It is stable, straight-grained, and machines well. The only difficulties typically arise if the wood is being stained, as it can sometimes give blotchy results using a sanding sealer prior to staining, or using a gel-based stain is recommended. Sapwood is common, and may contribute to a high wastage factor.

Odor

Has a mild, distinctive scent when being worked.

Allergies/Toxicity

Breathing Cherrys sawdust has been associated with respiratory effects such as wheezing.

Pricing/Availability

Since Cherry is a domestic lumber, prices should be moderate, though it should typically cost more than oak or maple, usually close to the price of walnut.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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