Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
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:
Mouldings and millwork
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.
Cherry timber profile:
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.