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WOOD TYPES: Cherry  

Color: The heartwood is pinkish red, while the sapwood is white to yellow. Small "gum" or "pitch" pockets, which are black in color, can be present. This is a unique characteristic of Cherry. Over time, Cherry will age to a darker red color and develop that classic "rich" look that makes this species so popular.

Uses: Fine cabinetry and custom made furniture. A #2 Common is sometimes available for a "rustic" look in cabinets, furniture, and hardwood floors. Cherry is considered to be one of the most prized woods because of the way the heartwood ages.

Workability: American Cherry mills/machines well. It also glues up with ease. Sometimes when stained, Cherry has a tendency to "blotch up" and when ripping, it also has a tendency to "burn". It is important to remember that Cherry will darken over time, especially when exposed to sunlight.

Plywood: Cherry ply is always kept in stock in ¼", ½", and ¾" thicknesses. Natural Birch and Red Birch are good substitutes.

Additional Info: There can be a higher waste factor with Cherry due to the sapwood.

Species Grades Stocked Thickness Stocked Average Board Footage Stocked
Cherry FAS & 32/3 Common 4/4 5/4 6/4 8/4 10/4 12/4 30,000
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