Black cherry (Canada and USA); cabinet cherry (USA).
In small quantities or scattered trees in deciduous forest areas in Canada and USA.
Straight close grain with narrow brown pith flecks and small gum pockets, and with a smooth texture.
Heartwood varies from rich red to reddish-brown.
Averages 580 kg/m3 (36 lb/ft3).
Bending strength – Good
Crushing strength – Medium
Stiffness – Low
Resistance shock loads – Medium
Dries fairly rapidly, with little degrade if care is taken to avoid a moderately large amount of shrinkage during seasoning. There is medium movement in service.
The wood works easily with both hand and power tools with only moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. It nails, glues, stains and takes an excellent polish.
Sapwood is liable to attack by common furniture beetle, and heartwood moderately resistant to preservative treatment. The wood is moderately durable.
Furniture and cabinetmaking
Backing blocks for mounting printing plates