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Why no cherry wood?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Tollehouse Twang, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
  2. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    I re-did the bathroom moldings using Cherry. I basically just slapped oil-based poly on the wood (or at least I think it was oil-based).

    If you get decent heartwood, you'll get Queen Anne red in roughly 10 years time between the poly tint and the wood itself. The color is pretty deep and rich. No staining required.

    The vanity is cherry as well, but we bought this. I will say that it has not gotten the depth of color as the moldings I had made locally. I think part of the reason for this is that it was using a water-based poly which doesn't darken as much as it ages.

    I'm a big fan of cherry wood myself. I like the tighter, finer grain. I like the color as it ages. I like it's workability. Why it isn't used more in instruments is a little beyond me.
     
  3. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

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    It's really hard to work with, brittle, and eats up bits with no sign of surrender. This is especially true with th Brazilian variety
     
  4. alathIN

    alathIN Tele-Meister

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    Thread Resurrection: just wanted to update with a pic of the finished product. It's not solid cherry: ash body with a cherry top.
     
  5. Praxis

    Praxis Tele-Meister

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    Dec 11, 2007
    Out There
    I use cherry for barbecue smoking wood. It's great for that. If you have scraps/shavings from working with it, keep it for the 'cue!
     
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  6. crisscrosscrash

    crisscrosscrash Tele-Meister

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    Just finished up this cherry bari -- heavy as hell, but it was a pleasure to work with.

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  7. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    Seem a lot have said it's nice to work with by my experience in making furniture was that it chips easily when milled.
    I still loved working with it, but i wonder about routing against the grain where most woods chip a bit no matter how chip resistant they are.
    I'd think cherry would chip even more.

    There are ways to reduce the chipping, like changing direction and using the freshest cutters, plus of course sanding more or sanding to the line.
     
  8. Moodivarius

    Moodivarius TDPRI Member

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    Works the same as maple. I love the natural colour of cherrywood.

    This is with my new cherrywood neck. Just put it on last night. String trees & headstock logo next.

    Sprayed a bit of a darker hue burst around the edge of the body.

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    This is with the Fender neck.

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    Scott
     

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  9. CraigB

    CraigB Tele-Afflicted

    That cabinet is fricking awesome Dave!
     
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  10. Greg M

    Greg M Tele-Holic

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    Sep 4, 2003
    Virginia
    I used cherry for the back of my archtop guitar. It was great to work with, looks really nice under a clear coat, and seems to sound fine. 20180718_131001.jpg
     
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  11. Moodivarius

    Moodivarius TDPRI Member

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    Here is a 1-piece Cherrywood Tele body I built for a friend's boy from Wisconsin.
    An 11 year old will have a nice guitar for his lifetime.
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    A different friend from Wisconsin brought up a 2x14x8' cherrywood board. I built 2 bodies & 1 neck so far.

    Nice wood. Sapwood at the outside edges..

    Scott
     
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