Cherry Wood


American Cherry Wood (Prunus serotina) – CNC Router carving test

American Cherry wood carved smoothly and retained all the relief detail during the CNC router test. Tests have been run on various reliefs with both 1/8′ and 1/4′ router bits. The rotation speed versus feed rate is not to critical.Wolf-relief-carving-cnc-router-south-coast-asoapbox

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Family – Rosaceaecherry wood trees
Distribution – Eastern North America
Other Names:Prunus salicifolia, Cerasus serotina, American black cherry wood, Capollin, Capuli, Capulin,  Cerezo, Cerezo de Los Andes, Chisos wild cherry wood, Detze, Edwards Plateau cherry wood, Escarpment cherry, Ghoto, Gila chokecherry, Mountain black cherry, Muji, New England mahogany, Pa-kshmuk, Plum, Rum cherry, Southwestern chokecherry, Spate traubenkirsche, Tnunday, Whiskey cherry, Wild black cherry, Wild cherry, Xeugua.
Characteristics: The timber is hard, with a fine, straight, close grain. The heartwood varies in colour from reddish-brown to rich red, the narrow sapwood being pink. Fine, narrow, brown-coloured pith flecks, and small gum pockets are a common feature on the wood.
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Working Qualities: Works fairly easily, turns well, and takes an excellent polish.broken cherry
Uses: Because of its beautiful grain and colour it is favored for furnture and cabinet-making, but also used for tobacco pipes, musical instruments, interiors for boats and high class joinery.

Technical Data for Material:

Tree Size: 50-100 ft (15-30 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 35 lbs/ft3 (560 kg/m3)wooden planks cherry

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .47, .56

Janka Hardness: 950 lbf (4,230 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 12,300 lbf/in2 (84.8 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,490,000 lbf/in2 (10.30 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 7,110 lbf/in2 (49.0 MPa)

Shrinkage:Radial: 3.7%, Tangential: 7.1%, Volumetric: 11.5%, T/R Ratio: 1.9

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