Cherry wood is a leafy wood, light, light in color and very versatile. It has an attractive appearance and is used mainly for quality items, but also for ruder uses, such as construction.

Scientific name: Amburana acreana ACSm .; A. Cearensis ACSm.

Source. Latin America, more specifically the Amazon basin. Countries like Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia or Paraguay. Although production is abundant, it is considered at risk due to the loss of its habitat.

Characteristics of Wood

Color: Heartwood is not always easily distinguished from sapwood. The latter is whitish in color with pink tones. The sapwood varies from brown to light red, with yellow tones. It darkens with exposure to the sun.

Fiber: Straight, often interlaced.

Grain: Medium to thick.

Odor: A distinctive feature of cherry wood is its smell of vanilla.

Density: Semi-heavy wood, approximately 590 kg / m3, at 12% humidity.

Toughness: Soft wood with 2.7 in the Monnin test.

Durability: Medium durability against fungi and insects. Treatment is recommended.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric shrinkage coefficient: 0.34-0.40% of the wood, being slightly and somewhat nervous. Stable.

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: 460 kg / cmtwo
  • Static flexural strength: 745 kg / cmtwo
  • Modulus of elasticity: 112,000 kg / cmtwo

Impregnation: Sapwood and heartwood moderately impregnable.

Workability: It is basically an easy wood to work with both hand and power tools.

  • Sawn. Easy.
  • Drying. Slow, there is a risk of cracks, deformations and foundations.
  • Brushed. Repels problems when the fiber is tangled.
  • Glued. Smoothly.
  • Nailed and screwed. Smoothly.
  • Finish. Smoothly.

Price: Moderate for export wood.

Uses of Cherry

  • Internal and external furniture.
  • Interior carpentry: doors, coverings, frames, baseboards …
  • Outside carpentry: doors and windows.
  • Carpentry assembly.
  • Veneers and plywood boards.
  • Naval carpentry or boats.
  • Cooperage.
  • Sculpture and turning.