Black Walnut Lumber

Black Walnut Lumber

black walnut lumber
DESCRIPTION Black Walnut heartwood is rich dark brown to purplish-black and is usually straight grained. Wavy or curly grain is sometimes present. Texture is coarse.
Weight averages about 40lbs per cu. ft.
Typical Width = 4" to 10"
Typical Length = 5' to 16' 
Note:  long, wide boards are hard to find clear.
North America
OTHER NAMES American Walnut, Virginia Walnut, Canaletto, Black Hickory Nut
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES This medium density wood is tough and hard. It has moderate bending and crushing strengths. Stiffness is low. It has good steam bending characteristics.
WORKING PROPERTIES Black Walnut can be worked with hand or power tools without difficulty. Moderate blunting effect on cutters. Takes nails and screws well. Glues satisfactorily. Finishes to a high polish.
DURABILITY Very durable. Sapwood is susceptible to attack by powder post beetle. Heartwood is resistant to preservative treatment and biodegradation.
SEASONING Dries slowly with tendency to honeycomb. Requires care to avoid checking and degradation. Small movement.
USES The standard for gunstocks in the U.S. Extensively used in high-quality furniture, cabinetmaking, boatbuilding, musical instruments, clock cases, turning and carving. Sliced or cut for paneling, veneers.
COMMENTS Can be found in burls, crotches, burrs, etc.

American Walnut Lumber -

janka hardness: 1010
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Black Walnut Lumber Prices

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Additional Photos

black walnut lumber
Above: Picture of a Walnut fireplace surround built by Rob Pelc.  Note that American walnut has a white sapwood.  To totally exclude this from the project drastically decreases the yield of the lumber.  Here it was chosen to allow some sapwood as a nice contrast accent to the design.

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