Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)


One of North America's premiere cabinet woods, cherry has long been a favorite of woodworkers, cabinet makers and turners. Cherry is close grained, easy to work, and about as hard as soft maple. Cherry is known for is deep, orange-red colour that the heart wood develops with age. The true colour and depth of aged cherry cannot be replicated by any stain or dye. The colour of fresh cut cherry however is leaves a lot to be desired, often taking on a pale, washed out salmon or pink colour. Luckily this colour changes fairly quickly with exposure to light. The sap wood of cherry is off-white and clearly demarcated from the heartwood, especially after exposure to day light for a day or two. Although sap wood is usually eliminated from cherry planks and blanks, when used carefully, a little sapwood can add considerably to a project. This is especially true for turned bowls and boxes.

Cherry works and finishes well, and looks good just as good with an 'in the wood' as it does under a film finish. To get the best of both worlds, a film finish over a well cured oil will produce a finish with exceptional depth and chatoyance that only gets better with age.

Also known as:
  • cherry
  • American cherry

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Some recent projects made from Black Cherry:

    Black Cherry with Maple Burl Inset Lid

    White ash and cherry checkered bowl from a board

    10" Cherry Bowl

    Cherry Bowl with Maple Cresents

    Curly Maple and Cherry Checkered BFB

    Ash and Cherry Double Dovetail Bowl

    Cherry and Maple Checkered Hollow Form

    9.5" Cherry Bowl

    Black Cherry Collectors Box

    Cherry Platter with Curly Maple Rim

    Cherry Hourglass with Spalted Beech Inlay

    Berger Cherry Root Scoop

    Large Cherry Salad Bowl

    Cherry Plate with Curly Maple Rim

    Large Cherry Salad Bowl - 2

    Cherry Plate with Feather Figure

    Cherry River Plate

    Cherry Salt Shaker

    Cherry Root Timpani Box

    Cherry Round Bottom with Thuya Burl Inlay

    Cherry Box with Cedar Inlay

    Cherry hour-glass with yellow cedar inlay

    Maple Ribbon Platter

    Hemispherical Cherry Platter

    Large Black Cherry Bowl

    Medium Cherry Bowl

    Christmas 2018

    Square Cherry Plate

    Cherry Bowl - II

    Large Cherry Platter

    Cherry Platter

    Cherry Box with Mountain Ash Inlay

    Cherry Bowl

    Hemispherical Cherry Bowl

    Round Bottom Cherry Box

    Cherry Femisphere

    Christmas 2017

    Christmas 2017 Platters

    Figured Cherry Pen

    Christmas Bells - 2016

    Christmas 2015