Cherry Wood

Cherry Wood Lumber is a hardwood species commonly used for cabinetry, fine furniture, flooring, interior millwork, veneer, turned objects, and small specialty wood items. Cherry Wood Lumber develops a rich reddish-brown patina as it ages that’s frequently imitated with wood stains on other hardwoods such as Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). This aging process can be accelerated by exposing the wood (in a judicious manner) to direct sunlight. Cherry wood is easy to work, fine textured, strong and fairly durable. Highly rated in all working properties including wood bending and turning. Becomes darker and richer with age.

Stock Information

Species Information

  • GRADES: FAS/ Color Sorted/ 90/80 / PA Sourced
  • CUTS: Flatsawn, Quartersawn
  • SIZES: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/8
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • CERTIFICATION: FSC 100% available
    *Note that not all stock is FSC certified, please call for FSC 100% sizes
  • OTHER NAMES: Black Cherry, American Cherry
  • ORIGIN: Eastern North America
  • APPEARANCE: Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a deeper golden brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color.
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 950 for dry material
  • WEIGHT: American Northern Cherry weighs in at an average 35 lbs/ft3
  • DRYING: Seasons well without degrade
  • 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 due to its fine, closed pores.
  • DURABILITY: Heartwood is rated as being very durable and resistant to decay.
  • PRESERVATION: The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment.
  • FINISHING: The wood has good polishing characteristics and takes stains and all types of finishes very well.

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