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.
|Wood Type||Domestic hardwood.|
|Texture||Has a fine, even texture with moderate natural luster.|
|Grain Pattern||The grain is usually straight and easy to work—except for figured pieces with curly grain patterns.|
|Health Risks||Breathing Cherry’s sawdust has been associated with respiratory effects such as wheezing.|
|Color||Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color.|