Cherry

Prunus serotinas

Cherry is a highly prized furniture wood, well known for its color, subtle grain pattern and unsurpassed finishing qualities. Cherry has a uniform texture and finishes extremely well. Cherry grows across the eastern United States, with the preferred lumber coming primarily from the northern Appalachian region, especially Pennsylvania. Cherry represents less than 5% of the total volume of timber and lumber production in the eastern United States.

General Information

Uses Availability Price
Furniture, cabinets, interior decoration including paneling, woodenware, decorative items. Good availability in 4/4 through 8/4 thickness. Limited availability in 10/4 and heavier. Valuable.

Relative Working Properties

Machining Resistance to splitting in nailing Resistance to splitting in screwing Gluing
Excellent Fair Fair Very Good

Physical Properties

Specific gravity (12% m.c.) Average shipping weight kilograms (kg) per cubic metre (m3) air dry Average volumetric shrinkage (oven dry % of green) Modulus of rupture (kilopascals) Modulus of elasticity (megapascals) Side hardness (newtons)
0.5 625 11.5 55000 9000 2900

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