Building with Choke Cherry
One of my Fine Homebuilding colleagues recently cut an old Choke Cherry tree trunk into firewood and subsequently arrived at the office with a small log for me to experiment with. I promptly took it home and sawed it in half, revealing a beautiful piece of wood, loaded with swirls of varying shades of pink.
The next day, I resawed the two log halves into some small boards I hope to use for box tops at some point, sealed the end grain, stickered, and weighed them down. As of last week, the moisture readings were off the chart. They’ve already come down considerably, which has led to some checking but, I expected that and realize I’ll probaly be cutting away 25-percent of these boards as a result of rapid drying and the inherent problems that produces.
I’m curious as to whether or not anyone else out there has had experience with this species. The tonality is just stunning and I’m praying these small boards won’t cup or curl over the course of the next several months. Until then, I’m keeping all my fingers crossed.