4 Stories Behind Wood Types We Use

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A Cherry Tree. Photo Courtesy of WunderWoods

Many customers ask us about the trees that make our American made solid wood furniture. Here are the 4 types we currently use and their back-story.

Ash (Fraxinus spp.)

Norse mythology refers to Ash as “the mighty tree that supports the heavens” and “below earth its root went down to hell.” Ash belongs to the olive family, although its only fruit is a dart-like winged seed. Ash is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste. Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from Ash during his polar expeditions. Early windmills were made from this species. Its main uses are furniture, flooring, doors, moulding, hockey sticks, billiard cues, and more. It grows throughout the Eastern U.S. and ranges in height from 80 to 120 feet. Nearly all furniture at Manchester Wood is made with Ash, except our Adirondack collection and Solid Cherry collection. The Solid Cherry collection which has items found throughout a variety of categories has product names with ‘Cherry‘ in them.

Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

Known as “Mother of the Forest” for its nutrient-rich humus, Beech has a long, illustrious past. The Aryan Tribes of Asia, the earliest known people to use a written language, carved their messages into the soft, smooth pliable bark of the Beech tree. The writings, cut out of the bark were called “boc,” which eventually became “book.” Its main uses are doors, flooring, toys, turnings, and furniture. It grows throughout the Eastern U.S. with an average height of 120 feet. Occasionally our Retro collection is made with Beech.

Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Like all fruit trees, Cherry belongs to the rose family. American Colonists used the Cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal proprities and home furnishings. They mixed Cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial. The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis, and Cherry stalks were used to make tonics. Its main uses are fine furniture and cabinet making. It grows throughout Midwestern and Eastern U.S. Check out our Solid Cherry collection, made entirely with Cherry hardwood.

Soft Maple (Acer rubrum, Acer saacharinum)

In most respects Soft Maple is very similar to Hard Maple. Generally the sapwood is greyish white, sometimes with darker colored pith flecks. The wood is usually straight-grained. Its main uses are furniture, paneling and millwork. It grows throughout the Eastern U.S. and to a lesser extent the West Coast. Check out our Adirondack collection made with Soft Maple.

This information comes courtesy of American Hardwoods: Treasured for Generations.


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Manchester Wood has the most affordable Hardwood Cherry Furniture that’s made in the USA today. Solid, authentic Hardwood Cherry Furniture at great prices!

Hardwood Cherry Furniture at Manchester Wood

If you’re looking to complete your home with beautiful hardwood cherry furniture you’ve found the right place. At Manchester Wood our cherry coffee tables, end tables, and cherry sofa tables are not only American made and built to last, they’re affordable too. You see, at our small little factory we call “the mill” deep in the countryside you’ll find dedicated American craftspeople, wood moving through the door and wood furniture coming out the other all day long. We make furniture, and we make it in a way that quality and affordability can come together. This means with machines, but it also means with people; and many hands touch each solid wood furniture piece that goes through and out our doors.

Hardwood cherry furniture tends to be the most expensive of solid wood furniture pieces, and for good reason. The wood itself is expensive. The labor needed to craft with the wood can be labor intensive at times, but we also believe we can formulate a way to provide American made hardwood cherry furniture at a price everyone can rationalize with. Is it cheap? No. Is it expensive? To some… but when you compare and put together your options you’ll find Manchester Wood’s Solid Cherry collection a rare breed in the marketplace.

100% Made in USA, truly hardwood cherry furniture that will last a lifetime with a Quality Guarantee and Free Shipping Always promise. Let us help you find the best cherry furniture for your home.

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Cherry Coffee Tables on ManchesterWood.com

Cherry Coffee Tables at Manchester WoodThe delight of cherry coffee tables can be found in our American made furniture.

From the Round Cherry Coffee Tables (pictured right), Oval Cherry Coffee Tables, and an assortment of Shaker Cherry Coffee Tables, Manchester Wood has what you’re looking for when it comes to authentic solid cherry furniture.

Our solid wood coffee tables are authentically made with solid hardwood. And with our cherry coffee table it’s specifically American cherry hardwood. Resourced locally in well-maintained forests in New England and upstate New York. Made with an emphasis on quality to ensure they will last for many years; as with the rest of our solid wood furniture collections. The delicate yet strong solid cherry furniture is no exception.

Available in either Natural Cherry or Heritage Cherry stain resistant lacquer finishes, our cherry coffee tables are sure to be a conversation piece in your living space as they have been for many over the last 30 years. Discover the richness of this affordable, handcrafted, solid wood furniture option today. You’ll find the delight that only cherry coffee tables bring to a home. Our customers have found truly authentic American made furniture choices at Manchester Wood. Both modern and traditional. All of them accessible and ageless in their features. The cherry coffee tables have been a rising customer favorite for the very reason it bridges all these apparent gaps in home design. Whether going for a traditional or modern look for your home, the choices in cherry coffee table have you covered. Make the centerpiece of your living space with a solid wood coffee table to last long and stand sturdy as your daily life bustles around it. 100% Made in USA, Free Shipping Always, and a Quality Guarantee. Crafted right at our mill in the Adirondack foothills of upstate New York.