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Forum topic by Kevin posted 09-22-2012 12:49 AM 1874 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2012 12:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry wood heartwood sapwood

Hi,

Couple of questions on how everyone stores their cherry wood after getting it.

- How easy it to tell the difference between heartwood vs sapwood at the lumberyard?
- Do you let it sit in the sun for a bit to darken up the process?
- Do you just lit it sit exposed in the garage for a few weeks?

From the cherry I’ve bought today it’s all 5/4, nice and straight with a nice pattern to it, but it’s neither the reddish brown like the heartwood or the creamy color of sapwood. It’s more like a dulled down, desaturated heartwood I guess. they were 12’ x 10” boards so I took the hand plane and planed a little on the edges and it’s not sapwood for sure.

does this make any sense?

Thanks

-- Williamsburg, KY


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#1 posted 09-22-2012 01:01 AM

Newly worked cherry can almost have a salmon color and even wood that has been stored in the dark, which should be most air dried cherry, won’t have a very dark color to it at all. Nor does the dark color go very deep at least initially, the freshly planed wood was probably lighter then the untouched surface. I wouldn’t leave the wood in the sun, just take in inside and let it acclimate to your shop, when you have a finished product you can stick that in the sun for a few hours and it will darken up fairly quickly which I do for some of my cutting boards.
Kiln drying does darken the cherry a little and seems to make the color more uniform from what I’ve seen, though I haven’t been doing this long enough to say it is a truth, just most of the cherry I’ve gotten from the saw mill, even after 4 years drying had a lighter starting color but still darkened fine.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 09-22-2012 01:32 AM

That sounds almost perfect to what I’ve seen at my local lumber yard.
Thanks for the information :)

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#3 posted 09-23-2012 02:22 AM

Didn’t have time to really post earlier Russ, but from what you described looks exactly what I am seeing at my local lumberyard.

I bought two of those boards for $10 bucks yesterday. I’m thinking that’s a pretty good price for the cherry. After a light couple of passes on the planer reveals some nice wood. It is air dried in the shade under a big metal shed sorta.

Anyway, ty for the info. I know what to look for now :)

kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 03:08 AM

Seems like a decent price for a pair of boards. Let them sit for a bit just in case they aren’t perfectly dry. Downside to outside air dry is that the moisture content isn’t gonna get as low as ideal unless you’re in the SW US, or oddly enough upstate NY this summer. Don’t know the humidity levels in KY but you’ll probably need a couple weeks for them to level out inside where it is dryer, a moisture meter helps here. Good luck and enjoy.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 04:04 AM

Yeah, I cut them down to 6’ boards so i’ve got (4) 6’ x 10” wide boards that looks good. I need to go back this friday and get a few more for that price. Going to build a small entertainment center for the bedroom out of it.

Man, humidity here in SE KY was horrible this summer. Just now getting to where it’s tolerable.

thanks, looking forward to working with cherry. I’m also already reading up on how to finish it.

kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 05:48 PM

Also, another way to know sap wood from heart wood if the color does not give it away is there might be power post beatles in the sap wood but they don’t like the heart. They will not hatch and drill there holes if the wood is kiln dried.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#7 posted 09-24-2012 02:23 AM

Ahh, interesting crank! I’ll keep that in mind :)

ty,

kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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