Cherry Wood Countertops and Table Tops
A softer hardwood known for it's fine furniture graining and for changing color over time from a pinkish tone to a warm reddish hue. It has excellent moisture resistance with minimal shrinkage and swelling. Cherry is also renowned for its rich color, and a warm atmosphere it lends to any interior. Cherry is deservedly a staple of many interiors, and has been for centuries.
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North American Cherry has a cream colored sapwood which contrasts sharply with the reddish heartwood. In the heartwood the color can range from a pinkish red to darker red. North American Cherry also has small dark brown gum veins that are part of the character of this species.
North American Cherry undergoes an extreme degree of color change with pronounced darkening from a pale pink color when fresh milled to a dark reddish color when fully aged. This process occurs within a few weeks in direct sunlight and by oxidation. Out of sunlight or with a water based finish the process occurs over a six to eight month period.
Straight-grained, satiny, and smooth textured.
The wood is of medium density. It has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance. Cherry hardwood's grain has a very interesting appearance. It has brown pith flecks and small gum pockets, which produce distinctive markings.
Stains and finishes very well.