Cherry
(American Black Cherry)

Scientific Name: Prunus serotina

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

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

Physical Properties
The wood is of medium density with good wood bending properties, it has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.

Specific Gravity: 0.50 (12% M.C.)
Average Weight: 561 kg/m3 (12% M.C.)
Average Volumetric Shrinkage: 9.2% (Green to 6% M.C.)
Modulus of Elasticity: 10,274 MPa
Hardness: 4226 N

Availability
Readily available, (3.9 percent of total U.S.  hardwoods commercially available).

Main Uses
Fine furniture and cabinet making, mouldings and millwork, kitchen cabinets, paneling, flooring, doors, boat interiors, musical instruments, turnings and carvings.