The heartwood of American Cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken on exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. Cherry can be supplied steamed, to darken sapwood or left un-steamed. The wood has a fine uniform straight grain, smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small pockets.
Physical and Mechanical Properties: Wood of medium density with good wood bending properties. It has low stiffness, medium strength and shock resistance.
Working Properties: Cherry is easy to machine. It nails and glues well and when sanded, stained and polished, it produces an excellent smooth finish. It dries fairly quickly with moderately large shrinkage, but is dimensionally stable after kilning.
Durability: Rated as resistant to heartwood decay.
Main uses: Furniture and cabinet making, high-class joinery, kitchen cabinets, mouldings, panelling, flooring, doors, boat interiors, musical instruments, turning and carving. The subtle range of red tones found in the heartwood has made this species very fashionable for many high end applications.
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