Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light. Wide sapwood is a pale yellowish color. It is not uncommon for boards to contain at least some sapwood portions along the outer edges.
Workability: Black cherry is known as being one of the best all-around woods for workability. It is stable, straight-grained, and machines well. The only difficulties typically arise if the wood is being stained, as it can sometimes give blotchy results—using a sanding sealer prior to staining, or using a gel-based stain is recommended. Sapwood is common, and may contribute to a high wastage factor.
Rot Resistance: Heartwood is rated as being very durable and resistant to decay, though not typically used in exterior applications.
- Origin of Wood Type USA & Canada
- Avg. Weight Per BF 4.00 lb/bf
- Rarity / Availability Readily Available
- Typical Avg. Width 4″ to 15″- rarely up to 60″
- Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 12′ – rarely up to 16′
- Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Guitar Building / Instrument Making
- Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, Select and Better, FAS, Flitch, Figured (Curly), Veneer, Guitar Sets, Premium
- Other Trade Names Sweet Cherry, Pennsylvania Cherry, Wild Cherry, Curly Cherry