CherryCherry Tree LeavesPrunus serotina

Where It Grows

Cherry trees grow in the Eastern U.S., principally Northern and Lake states. The average tree is 60 to 70 feet in height. It makes up 3.9 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.

Main uses

Fine furniture and cabinet making, moldings and mill work, kitchen cabinets, paneling, flooring, doors, boat interiors, musical instruments, turnings and carvings. The small pores and relatively straight grain produce an easy working wood with a  smooth finish. It has long been a standard for fine furniture. y

General Description

The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and on exposure to light. “standard cherry wood is generally quite uniform in color and tone, even with a very light stain application. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. Furniture made that includes this portion would be designated “Sappy Cherry” and have a mix of both the darker heart wood and the lighter outer sap wood. Darker stains will significantly blend out this distinction however. The wood has a fine uniform, straight grain, satiny, smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets or very small tight “pin knots”. Again, in contrast, we now build a lot of custom furniture using “Rustic Cherry” which includes lumber that has  more curvy grain and swirls and larger tight or filled knots. This wood used to be scrapped but now add more “natural beauty” that many folks ask for.

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.

Did You Know?

Early print makers used cherry for their engraving blocks.

Like all natural wood furniture we recommend that your apply a quality furniture oil twice a year to help maintain the wood itself.