Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Does Wild Cherry Make Good Lumber

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    157

    Does Wild Cherry Make Good Lumber

    I've got the option to pick up a whole bunch of what I would term wild cherry logs (since we don't have the type of cherry logs that grow back east out here in Seattle), but I have a few questions before I do that. Is anybody out there familiar with this type of wood? Does it make usable lumber, and does it darken with age like the 'other' cherry? I have a sawyer all lined up, but I want to make sure I'm not wasting my time and money. Thanks for your help.
    Jim

  2. #2
    I would think that all cherry logs come from "wild" cherry trees.
    Scott

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    157
    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Loven
    I would think that all cherry logs come from "wild" cherry trees.
    Scott
    They're a different species Scott ... I just don't know how they differ when it comes to making lumber out of them.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    On the river in Ohio
    Posts
    411

    Give it a try.

    I would check the prices and quality of locally bought cherry. Then I would saw into a log by hand and plane and sand a small piece of heart wood. Next bake it in an oven at 350 for an hour. Then I would try 2 or 3 stains and finishes on it. At this point you will realize that you have a great deal. Careful drying of the wood is your next problem. Post pictures of the rough sawn stack of wood.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Modesto, CA
    Posts
    2,364
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim VanBramer
    Does Wild Cherry Make Good Lumber

    I don't know about lumber but I hear she makes a good time.
    Mark Rios

    Anything worth taking seriously is worth making fun of.

    "All roads lead to a terrestrial planet finder telescope"

    We arrive at this moment...by the unswerving punctuality...of chance.

  6. #6
    From the forrest products lab WOOD handbook (Link at bottom)
    Cherry, Black
    Black cherry (
    Prunus serotina) is sometimes known as
    cherry, wild black cherry, and wild cherry. It is the only
    native species of the genus
    Prunus of commercial importance
    for lumber production. Black cherry is found from southeastern
    Canada throughout the eastern half of the United States.
    Production is centered chiefly in the Middle Atlantic States.
    The heartwood of black cherry varies from light to dark
    reddish brown and has a distinctive luster. The nearly white
    sapwood is narrow in old-growth trees and wider in secondgrowth
    trees. The wood has a fairly uniform texture and very
    good machining properties. It is moderately heavy, strong,
    stiff, and moderately hard; it has high shock resistance and
    moderately high shrinkage. Black cherry is very dimensionally
    stable after drying.
    Black cherry is used principally for furniture, fine veneer
    panels, and architectural woodwork. Other uses include
    burial caskets, wooden ware, novelties, patterns, and
    paneling.

    http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fp.../fplgtr113.pdf

  7. #7
    Good stuff. Beautiful. I have some stashed out for future use. Mine got a little warpy when it dried though.


  8. #8
    Very good wood. I love making cabinets out of it.
    Reporting live from somewhere near Kalamazoo

  9. #9
    Could it be a Bing Cherry tree?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    157
    I just found out that this is actually prunus avium, also known as European Cherry.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    371
    The European cherry doesn't have the same rich red colour that your 'black' cherry has.. apart from that it's very similar to work and finish. So yes, it's good timber, just not quite as pretty.

    Cheers

    Ian

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Puyallup, WA
    Posts
    88
    Jim,

    I've always heard the wild Cherry that grows in the PNW referred to as Choke Cherry. I believe its "technically" a bush, although by looking at it, one probably wouldn't call it that. I've seen it greater then 20" in diameter.

    Milled up into lumber, it has a greenish cast to it and does not darken up very much -- at least not compared to east coast black cherry.

    NW Wood in Puyallup typically has a fair amount available for sale.
    Peter Lyon

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Spokane, Washington
    Posts
    3,934
    This link describes it as having reddish brown wood. http://www.british-trees.com/guide/wildcherry.htm

    This one says why its not such a good idea to chew on leaves or stems. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/c...on/Prunuav.htm

    Dan
    Eternity is an awfully long time, especially toward the end.

    -Woody Allen-

    Critiques on works posted are always welcome

Similar Threads

  1. Looking for Cherry Lumber
    By john lawson in forum General Woodworking and Power Tools
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 02-24-2009, 3:49 PM
  2. Wild Black Cherry Bowl
    By Glenn Hodges in forum Turner's Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-06-2005, 8:52 AM
  3. What figured wood looks good with cherry?
    By Aaron Heck in forum General Woodworking and Power Tools
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 07-16-2004, 4:05 PM
  4. Anyone make a good electric hedge trimmer
    By John Weber in forum Off Topic Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-02-2004, 12:14 AM
  5. Wild Cherry Bowl
    By Bill Grumbine in forum General Woodworking and Power Tools
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 12-22-2003, 8:14 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •