Cherry Products

Cherry (Prunos serotina)

Tilo makes a number of products using cherry, including
  • cabinetry
  • doors
  • flooring
  • furniture
  • paneling
  • millwork
  • moulding

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General Description of Cherry

The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age on exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. The wood has a fine uniform, straight grain, satiny, smooth texture and may naturally contain brown pitch flecks and small gum pockets.

Relative Abundance and Availability of Cherry

3.9 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available. Cherry is readily available.

Working Properties of Cherry

  • easy to machine
  • nails and glues well
  • when sanded and stained produces an excellent smooth finish
  • dries fairly quickly with moderately high shrinkage
  • dimensionally stable after kiln drying
Machining  4 Star
Nailing 2 Star
Screwing 3 Star
Gluing 3 Star  
Finishing 4 Star

Physical Properties of Cherry

The wood is of medium density with good bending properties, has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.

Strength And Mechanical Properties (inch-pound) (a)
Moisture content 12%
Specific Gravity (b)
0.47-0.50
Static Bending Modulus of Rupture (lbf/in2)
8,000-12,300
Static Bending Modulus of Elasticity (c) (106 lbf/in2) 1.31-1.49
Static Bending Work to Maximum Load (in-lbf/in3) 11.4-12.8
Impact Bending to Grain (in) 34-55
Compression Parallel to Grain (lbf/in2) 2,360-8,540
Compression Perpendicular to Grain (lbf/in2)270-1,080
Shear Parallel to Grain (lbf/in2)840-2,240
Tension Perpendicular to Grain (lbf/in2)950
Side Hardness (lbf)569-1,470

a) Results of tests on small clear specimens in the green and air-dried conditions. Definition of properties; impact bending is height of drop that causes complete failure, using 0.71-kg (50 lb.) hammer; compression parallel to grain is also called maximum crushing strength; compression perpendicular to grain is fiber stress at proportional limit; shear is maximum shearing strength; tension is maximum tensile strength; and side hardness is hardness measured when load is perpendicular to grain.

b) Specific gravity is based on weight when oven dry and volume when green or at 12% moisture content

c) Modulus of elasticity measured from a simply supported, center-loaded beam, on a span depth ratio of 14/1. To correct for shear reflection, the modulus can be increased by 10%.

Reprinted with permission from Hardwood Manufacturers Association

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