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American Black Walnut

American black walnut


Timber Specification for American Black Walnut



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American Black Walnut

American Black Walnut is a favoured wood for using in contrast with lighter coloured timbers. A favoured wood for using in contrast with lighter coloured timbers.


Furniture, cabinet making, architectural interiors, high class joinery, doors, flooring, gunstocks and panelling.


Colour – The sapwood of walnut is creamy white, while the heartwood is light brown to dark chocolate brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and darker streaks. Walnut is usually supplied steamed, which darkens the sapwood, but a very unique look can also be achieved by leaving it natural. The dark heartwood will lighten in colour as it ages overtime with exposure to UV light.

Grain – Generally straight grained but sometimes with wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure.

Texture – It has a coarse texture.


Strength – American Black Walnut has a moderate crushing strength and low stiffness.

Weight – 660 kg/m³.

Natural Durability – Resistance to insect and fungal attack reported to be very good.

Ease Of Drying – American Black Walnut performs best when dried slowly, reducing the opportunity for degrade.

Preservative Treatment – The heartwood is very resistant to preservative treatments and biodegradation


Working Properties

Sawing – Good

Planing – Excellent

Drilling – Good

Boring – Good

Turning – Excellent

Carving – Good

Moulding – Excellent

Nailing – Good

Screwing – Good

Gluing – Good

Steam Bending – Good


It holds paints and stains very well and can be polished to an exceptional finish.

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