American Cherry Wood Floor
Color: Heartwood is dark to reddish brown, lustrous; sapwood is light brown to pale with a light pinkish tone. Some manufacturers steam lumber to bleed the darker heartwood color into the sapwood, resulting in a more uniform color.
Grain: Fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture. True quartersawn has distinctive flake pattern. Texture is satiny, with some gum pockets.
Features: Variations within species and grades. Significant color variation between boards.
Hardness (Janka): 950; 26% softer than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Above average (change coefficient .00248; 33% more stable than red oak)
Durability: Strong, moderately hard; excellent shock resistance. Although softer than oak, the american cherry wood floor shows warm tones that can be viewed as elegantly rustic or moderately modern. Excellent as borders and accents.
Sawing/Machining: Good machining qualities.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Good holding ability.
Finishing: No known problems.
Comments: High in bending strength. Light-sensitive; strong color change upon exposure to light.