Using cherry sap wood, any issues and will it stay whitish?

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I’m making some cutting board Christmas gifts and had a thought about using sapwood from the cherry boards. I have 2 10’x4-6” boards that are almost exclusively sapwood along with a couple with large sections of sapwood. From milling these down I remember that the sapwood takes on a fairly maple white look and is definitely distinguishable from the heartwood. Will it stay that noticeable in the long term and is it significantly softer then the heartwood? None of the boards I’m currently making are end grain though I can use it for that if it is too soft for a regular board.

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#1 posted 523 days ago

Hey Russ, yes the sap wood stays almost the same color from cut to antiques roadshow.. what I have noticed is that the sapwood varies in hardness because it is so easy for it to rot, so one area can be as hard as the heartwood, but the other side be soft like pine wood. I have used a hardener on softer areas, but only for stability not for look. I often just avoid the sap wood, but there are some pieces in my condo which I loved so much I had to put them in even if a little sapwood was still there… but a PITA.. I have to go touch them up with stain every few years. There is one piece of trim I installed 9 yeas ago, the sap wood is hidden from regular view, but around the corner you see a line of creamy white… never darkened but the rest of the board is a dark rich orangey-brown.

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#2 posted 523 days ago

Thanks, that’s what I was hoping to hear. I’ll keep an eye out with a small ice pick to make sure none of it is too soft. I think it will be interesting to have a high contrast cutting board that is all cherry.

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

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