My favorite - American Cherry

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Forum topic by steve6678 posted 11-08-2012 12:40 AM 1137 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2012 12:40 AM

I didn’t write this, but it’s good:

Of all the woods out there awaiting your blade and bit, cherry is one of the few that has no substitute. Ash can often take the place of red oak and go unnoticed; mahogany has at least a half dozen look-a likes. But cherry? Different story. Plenty of woods have a similar, flawless fine texture that’s so easy to work with, yet none can mimic the nuanced reddish color that ages to perfection within a matter of a few months.

The wood is as tied to American history as the ol’ pursuit of happiness, too. Surely while Thomas Jefferson scribed the words to the Declaration of Independence, colonists of the late 1700s felled cherry trees (and others, of course) to turn into the tables and chairs and beds that made life comfortable for their families. Maybe some of that furniture is still around, too.

Yup, Cherry is my Fav!

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 01:21 AM

I see someone is a member of the Rosewood club…

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 01:23 AM

got that from WoodWorkers Source…but thanks

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 01:43 AM

Cherry is one of my faves too.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 02:16 AM

Cherry is definitely my favorite, too..much prettier than mahogany. I’ve built many pieces, including a trestle table and six windsor back chairs, two clocks, a mirror, chest of drawers, etc. with this remarkable wood. It can be finicky, but definitely worth the pain for the beautiful results.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 02:43 AM

In my opinion, cherry has great workability: not soft enough to dent easily, but not too hard on your blades. I also love the aroma that you get.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 11:27 PM

I concur. I love the warmth so much I have done (am doing) my whole condo in Cherry.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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