African Cherry wood carving test


African Cherry (Tieghemella heckelii, T. africana) – CNC Router carving test

African cherry wood carved with clear cutting lines and retains relief detail during the CNC router test. Test was run on a single relief with 1/4′ router bits. The rotation speed versus feed rate is not critical. The wood produced a clear surface with good developed shavings. Due to the carving lines, sanding was required starting at P120. Throughout the carving process the relief remain clear of any burs.
 African Cherry
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Family – Magnoliaceae

Distribution: Eastern Africa
Other Names: Aganokwe, Baku, Makore, Douka
 Characteristics: African cherry wood colour range from reddish-brown to maroon. Usually a fine, straight grain wood, but some logs will have an interlocked grain that produces an attractive mottled figure.
Working Qualities: The wood glues well but is difficult to work, as the timber contains silica which rapidly dulls the tools.
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Uses: African cherry is used for furniture, cabinets, interior millwork, exterior aplications, high end furniture, art pieces, veneer, interior panels, airplane cabinetry.

Technical Data: (Visit the Wood DataBase for explanation and details)

Tree Size: 180-200 ft (55-60 m) tall, 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m) trunk diameterAfrican cherry planks

Average Dried Weight: 43 lbs/ft3 (685 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .55, .69

Janka Hardness: 1,200 lbf (5,350 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 16,330 lbf/in2 (112.6 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,552,000 lbf/in2 (10.71 GPa)African cherry log

Crushing Strength: 8,290 lbf/in2 (57.2 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 5.5%, Tangential: 7.7%, Volumetric: 12.4%, T/R Ratio: 1.4

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