Best Cherry Lumber

Cherry lumber is a beautiful American hardwood known for its reddish appearance, silky texture.

Cherry lumber has a nice satiny feel that makes it perfect for pretty much any kind of woodworking project you can think of.  You can use cherry lumber for cabinets, lawn furniture, or indoor furniture.  It also makes for beautiful hardwood floors because of the hardness and its high amount of shock resistance.  Cherry lumber is also often used for trim and in borders and accents around the home.  Before you buy any cherry lumber, make sure you know what to look for in a good-quality piece of wood.

Cherry lumber is known for its strong smell, and colors range from a very dark or black cherry color to a lighter cherry that’s almost white.  Remember when you’re selecting wood for a project, the boards you’re choosing may have slight variations in color.  Try to pick the boards with the most similar colors, b but remember that this may not be possible if the lumber yard you purchase from doesn’t have many pieces of cherry wood on hand.  Also most cherry lumber will have pin knots and streaks running across it.  If you can’t stand the look of pin knots in whatever you’re making, then be sure to look for pieces with the knots on the edges so you can easily cut them off or hide them in the seams.  If you’re using the cherry lumber to make hardwood floors, try to get pieces of wood that only have the pin knots on one side.

Cherry lumber, especially the darker shades of it, does have an extreme reaction to light.  Try to store it in a dark, dry room until you’re ready to use it.  Too much light can cause the wood to fade drastically, so it’s important to keep it in a dark area in order to prevent fading.  Also keep this property in mind when you’re planning the project you plan to make from cherry lumber.  If you’re making a beautiful piece of furniture from it, try to avoid setting the finished product in direct sunlight for long periods of time.  If you plan to make lawn or deck furniture from cherry lumber, choose a lighter shade to minimize the appearance of fading.

Overall, cherry lumber is fairly simple to work with.  Most machines can work wonders on a beautiful piece of cherry, so don’t worry about damaging it by using special woodworking saws on it.  Cherry wood is very flexible too, which can make some do-it-yourself projects a breeze.  However working with cherry lumber does present some challenges.  For example, you may find that the wood starts to warp if you decide to dry it yourself.  Cherry lumber can also shrink a little during the drying process, so keep this in mind as you plan your project.  Avoid using nails in cherry lumber because they can cause the wood to crack and chip.  Instead, opt for screws to hold the wood in place.

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