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Emobiglia

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08-17-2019 01:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question cherry

Fairly new to wood working and I got a bunch of this cherry cheap! It was split and very dry so I used epoxy to stabilize it. The grain is very strange and never seen this pattern before. Any insight on what it’s called or causes it?


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#1 posted 08-17-2019 01:40 AM

Welcome!
It’s quarter sawn grain
Quite nice if you ask me
I’m guessing the slab/board was one of the center most slices out of the log. The excessive cracking is from the pith – a spongy section in the very center of the log which dries differently than the heartwood and nearly always cracks like that when left to its own devices. If you look at the end of the boards you’ll probably see the portion of the growth rings visible are nearly vertical where your interesting grain is

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#2 posted 08-17-2019 02:10 AM

Even with the pith, thats a nice nice board there. Described perfectly above.

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#3 posted 08-17-2019 02:47 AM

That’s what I love about Cherry. It has so very many variations of grain pattern. It’s truly a kaleidoscope of wood grains. Next to walnut, it’s my favorite wood to work with.

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#4 posted 08-17-2019 11:10 AM

Quarter sawn Sycamore is one of my fav.

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#5 posted 08-17-2019 11:50 AM

The figure is the result of the medullary rays being split by the sawblade when the log is quartersawn.

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Emobiglia

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#6 posted 08-17-2019 11:56 AM

That was the only think I could think of! These boards all had deep cracks that needed filling with epoxy. Thank you for the responses!!! I really love working with cherry. It is my favorite to work with so far.

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#7 posted 08-19-2019 08:35 PM

Too late I am. The rest of the guys got it.

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#8 posted 08-19-2019 09:44 PM

... and that’s a really nice example of quarter-sawn cherry too!

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#9 posted 08-19-2019 11:21 PM



... and that s a really nice example of quarter-sawn cherry too!

- Ocelot

Thanks!! I got lucky paying $40 for a whole bunch of this stuff. I’m finally down to the last bit of it. Wish I could find another deal like that! Lol

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