Cherry: Quarter/Rift Sawn Lumber

Quartersawn Cherry is known, like all quartersawn stock, to be stable and offer good straight grain. Quartersawn Cherry shows a minor fleck but is mostly desired for its straight grain; it is also desirable when extra stability is needed in a woodworking project.

Quartersawn Cherry is often mixed with plain sawn Cherry projects like using the quartersawn stock for stiles and rails in a door and using the plain sawn Cherry for the raised panels.

Characteristics

Origin of Wood TypeThe U.S., but primarily the Pennsylvania area
Botanical NamePrunus Serotina
Specific Gravity.47
Avg. Weight Per BF3.5 lbs
Color RangeLight salmon pink to dark red
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 15 inches
Typical Avg. Length6 – 12 feet, but slabs range up to 16 foot
Avg. Waste Factor25%
Wood UsesWoodworking, Cabinetry, Flooring, and Musical Instruments
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common and rustic
Other Trade Names American Cherry, American Black Cherry

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