Cherry Black

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Species - Imported

Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish


Color: Heartwood is vivid reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish- or purple- brown or black over time. Sapwood is cream-colored. Very uniform in color.

Grain: Straight to interlocked; coarse texture.

Variations Within Species And Grades: Slight variation in color.


Sawing/Machining: Saws well, but requires a slow feed rate; carbide tooling recommended. Machines easily, with some tearing of the interlocked grain.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: Because of the oil in the wood, oil-modified finishes may require long dry times. Waterborne finishes are often recommended. Has a tendency to bleed. Conversion varnishes also have been known to work well.

Comments Dermatological and respiratory allergic potential. Origin: Africa


Hardness/Janka: 1725; (34% harder than Northern red oak).

Dimensional Stability: Excellent (5.2; 40% more stable than Northern red oak).

Durability: Availability

Moderately available.

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