Cherry, Black Cherry

Scientific name: Prunus serotina

Description:  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.  The grain is usually straight—with the exception of figured pieces with curly grain patterns. Has a fine, even texture with moderate natural lustre.

Properties:  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.

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