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Blog entry by GMman posted 06-03-2008 12:46 AM 1698 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone today gave me 4 boards about 4 feet long each and said that it was dark cherry I would not know and he has some for sale but does not know the price ,can someone tell me if it is good wood and what price it is going for,those few boards are to sample them



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 06-03-2008 01:11 AM

Cherry is a gorgeous wood with which to work. Here is a picture of the cherry wainscoting that I posted. It is easy on the tools and it finishes beautifully. I get only rough cherry. Here kiln dried lumber sells for $3.40 a board foot for FAS grade and $2.40 for #1 common.

Hope this helps.

By the way the reference to dark cherry is referring to black cherry which is another name for american cherry.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 06-03-2008 01:29 AM

Thanks…. its wood that is rare around here this guy just happened to have some on his land and he had it cut in boards and had dried in an old shed for quite a few years. He also has some butternut, is that something you know.

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#3 posted 06-03-2008 01:33 AM

You said $3.40 a board foot is it the same as here we say a board 6 in. wide 8 ft long you have 4 feet of wood

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#4 posted 06-03-2008 04:09 AM

I have never had the opportunity to work with butternut.

That is correct for a board that is about 1 inch thick.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 06-03-2008 06:00 PM

GMman,

Kiln dried cherry here (across the border from you) is about 7 bucks a board foot. There is a big difference in projects between heartwood (all red) and sapwood (white). Usually the stuff you buy requires you to cut out some sapwood so think of that when picking out boards. Most customers want all heart wood.

Along the coast of Maine most of the cherry trees have burls on them (could never figure out why) and if he still has some cherry trees you can cut off the burls without hurting the tree. Turners love the burls. Usually best to cut them off in winter and not the spring.

Good luck with it.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#6 posted 06-04-2008 03:02 AM

Thanks Scott Bryan and BrianM…...The boards he has are of a dark color and I can get them for $2 to $2.50 a foot I have seen the burls he sells them to a wood turner some are small but some must be 3 to 4 feet big it must be some hard to turn

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#7 posted 06-04-2008 11:28 AM

A price of $2 to $2.50 a foot is a good buy on the cherry. That is about the price that I pay for #1 common graded stock. It has some knots in it but these simply add character and you can generally work around them.

This is a fair price for the cherry.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 04:38 PM

Cherry ages into a darker shade over time. He might be saying Dark Cherry to state the obvious that it is aged. But sanding and planing removes most of that dark hue and you are back to the original cherry color.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 06:42 AM

Butternut is a great carving wood. I had an opportunity about 10 years ago to do some carving with butternut and I found it a joy to work with, fairly soft, nice grain pattern( at least the piece I had did). Treasure both of your species of wood!

Erwin

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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