Walnut Wood

It would be hard to overstate Walnut wood lumber’s popularity among woodworkers in the United States. Its cooperative working characteristics, coupled with its rich brown coloration puts the wood in a class by itself among temperate-zone hardwoods. To cap it off, Walnut wood lumber also has good dimensional stability, shock resistance, and strength properties. Walnut wood has a fine but open grain, moderately coarse texture, and  is excellent to work including turning and carving.

Stock Information

Species Information

  • GRADES: FAS
  • CUTS: Flatsawn
  • SIZES: 4/4, 5/4, 8/4
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • CERTIFICATION: FSC 100% available
    *Note that not all stock is FSC certified, please call for FSC 100% sizes
  • OTHER NAMES:  Black Walnut
  • ORIGIN:  Eastern United States
  • APPEARANCE:  Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. Figured grain patterns such as curl, crotch, and burl are also seen.
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 1,010 lb  for dry material
  • WEIGHT: Walnut weighs in at an average  38  lbs/ft3
  • DRYING:  The timber is reported to be somewhat difficult to dry, and seasons at a slow rate.
  • WORKABILITY:  Typically easy to work provided the grain is straight and regular. Planer tearout can sometimes be a problem when surfacing pieces with irregular or figured grain.
  • DURABILITY:  Black Walnut is rated as very durable in terms of decay resistance, though it is susceptible to insect attack.
  • PRESERVATION: N/A
  • FINISHING:  Glues, stains, and finishes well, (though walnut is rarely stained). Responds well to steam bending.

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