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.