Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of Cherry

Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of Cherry

Published on Friday, September 15, 2017

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When it comes to choosing a timber species for your hardwood project, it’s fair to say that there’s a large amount of options available! If you’re a woodworker looking for a timber species fitting for making beautiful, bespoke furniture or carvings, then cherry might be the perfect match…

What can cherry be used for?

Cherry is most suitable for:

  • Fine furniture

  • Mouldings and millwork

  • Cabinet making

  • Panelling

  • Flooring

  • Doors

  • Boat interiors

  • Musical instruments

  • Turnings

  • Carvings

What does cherry timber look like?

The aesthetics of your timber is incredibly important, particularly when it comes to crafting visual pieces such as fine furniture.

  • The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown…
  • ...But will darken with age and on exposure to light
  • In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white
  • The wood has a fine uniform, straight grain and a satiny, smooth texture
  • It may also naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets

Cherry’s working properties

Cherry is easy to machine, nails and glues well and, when sanded and stained, produces an excellent smooth finish. It dries fairly quickly with moderately high shrinkage, but is dimensionally stable after kiln-drying.


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Cherry timber profile:

  • Strength: Medium
  • Weight: 600kg/m3
  • Originates from: Midwestern and Eastern United States
  • Average tree height: 60 to 80 feet with a 0.6m diameter
  • Availability: Readily available
  • Fun fact: Cherry trees can live to up to 200 years old!

Is cherry looking like the top of the tree for your next project? Stop by our Joinery & Woodworking Centre and chat to our expert team. We’re sure we can find the perfect selection of cherry timber for you.