Hey guys, you all know I've been sawing a good bit of Red Oak here in Tallahassee. It's coming up on a year now on my first stack of lumber so I'll be able to start on that soon!
The lady I'm currently cutting for has given me permission to cut one small and one fairly large Cherry Tree. Fell them yesterday and saw'd two logs out of the small one. I'm planning to make some furniture with the large one. Chest of drawers for the bedroom first to complete my set. Would also like to make some custom cabinets as well. I"m planning on cutting, say, 1.25" X 4.5" boards for the main cabinets, 0.5" x 4.5" for drawers, and 1.5" X various widths for drawer faces. Since I am only air drying, my concern will be warping after construction, thus the 4" widths. I'm allowing plenty for jointer/planer work just in case. Not so sure about the drawer faces. Don't want these to warp, should I stay with 4" and glue ups, or is it safe to go wider. I would love to do one piece for them as I expect to have some of the boards to have some beautiful grain patterns (like a lot of the Red Oak I have saw'd). I like the thought of one piece fronts, just don't know if it's practical.
This is my first Cherry. I notice the sap is white and the heart is more brown. Striking difference! Do people cut away the sap and only use the heart wood? My kitchen cabinets don't appear to have any sap in them, so I'm curious. The sap is white and turns yellow right away after sawing.
Last edited by Tonto1; 02-12-2018 at 10:38 AM.