Cherry wood is renowned for its workability and finishes beautifully, making it a preferred choice for skilled craftsmen. It has a smooth texture and moderate natural luster. The wood is relatively lightweight, yet strong and durable, and is commonly used in high-quality furniture production. It is frequently seen in the construction of cabinets, tables, chairs, beds, and other fine wooden pieces.
The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken on exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. The wood has a fine uniform straight grain, smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets.
Cherry is easy to machine, nails and glues well and when sanded and stained, it produces an excellent smooth finish. It dries fairly quickly with moderately high shrinkage, but is dimensionally stable after kiln-drying.
The wood is of medium density with good bending properties; it has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.
RATINGS 1 TO 5 (BEST)
RATINGS 1 TO 5 (BEST)
ROUGH CUT LUMBER
Rough cut lumber comes straight from the mill through the dry kiln in the form of planks. This is a version of lumber that has been kiln dried with no further processing.
SURFACE 2 SIDES (S2S)
Surfaced Two Sides (S2S) is rough lumber that has been dressed on the top and bottom of the board in order to meet the requested thickness. Associated Hardwoods has state-of-the-art planers that dress the boards to meet the customer's exact specifications.
Rip-To-Width lumber is where both sides of the board are ripped to a customer's specified width after surfacing.
Rip-To-Width/Cut-To-Length is where the board is manufactured and defected to a customer's unique specifications.
Glued-To-Spec is where boards are ripped & cut and glued into a panels.
NHLA Grading Rules
The NHLA grades are based on the percentage of clear-defect free wood on a board. The measurements of this percentage are referred to as clear-cuttings.
Other than the FAS grades, the grade of the board is determined from the percentage of these clear cuttings and do not consider defects outside of the clear areas.
Learn more about NHLA Grading with this downloadable resource.