The heartwood of American Walnut can be light greyish-brown, dark brown or purplish-black. The sapwood can be almost white to a yellow, creamy-brown. The slightly open grain is typically straight, but can be curly or wavy. The texture is usually coarse, but develops a lustrous patina in time. Burrs (burls), stump wood and crotches produce notable mottled, curly and wavy figure.
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It’s dark, handsome, classy, and a downright joy to cut, shape, sand and finish into a wonderful project.
But there’s a downside. It’s really easy to look at a pile of walnut and assume it’s low in quality because walnut, the poor guy, has a lot of characteristics that you don’t find in other woods. That means even the best grade of walnut comes with appearance flaws and defects.
Walnut is just different. Building projects out of walnut means doing more cutting, arranging and flipping of your boards than you might be used to because it’s more varied in color and grain than most other woods. Part of the art of woodworking with walnut is in figuring out how to deal with, hide, or include knots and sapwood.
Here’s what to know and understand – and what you can do about it.
Read More: https://www.woodworkerssource.com/blog/wood-conversations/ultimate-guide-to-walnut/
In recent years, the American Walnut has become a very popular choice of wood for natural live edge furniture. The gorgeous dark brown colour and unique grains of the wood is definitely a perfect addition to any home. However, it is not as easy to be able to tell what is an authentic american walnut, and our discerning customers have been pointing out that American Walnut slabs look very similar to Suar wood. As such, let us give you a quick crash course to identifying authentic American Walnut!
1. SOLID WOOD CHECK
First and foremost, always confirm that the material that you are looking at is indeed a solid piece of wood, and not a man made composite or manufactured wood. To do so, check that the grains along the sides and ensure that they are continuous.
Manufactured wood such as Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and particleboard do not have the endgrain of real wood. This makes them easily distinguishable.
It’s really tough to beat the gorgeous finish of American Black Walnut when you’re building pieces of solid wood furniture.
Dark, classy, and a pleasure to work with and to finish (something that cannot be said about all hardwood materials – we’re looking at you, oak) there’s just something about the way that black walnut looks when it has been finished to perfection that sets it apart from everything else.
At the same time, though, it’s easy to look at a pile of walnut material and be more than a little bit underwhelmed at what you have to work with.
So often beautiful pieces of walnut that could have worked out nicely are left to rot simply because woodworkers aren’t quite sure of what to be on the lookout for to begin with.
Read more: https://lighthousewood.com/blogs/news/a-woodworkers-guide-to-walnut
Posted on Wednesday 25 August 2021 at 11:09
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