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American Black Walnut

(juglans nigra.)

Description

A medium to large hardwood from the US.  Heartwood is a purple brown colour with pale sapwood.  Fine grain with swirls and wavy patterns, especially around knotty areas

Workability

An excellent cabinet timber.  Performs most operations well and takes a very high polish.

Applications

High end cabinet work and fit outs.  Favoured for gun stocks.

Availability

Reasonably good though mainly available in FAS ( first and seconds ) grade in Australia.  This means knots, sapwood and wany edges are all permissible. 

Hardness

600kg/m3  Not particularly hard.

Durability

Durable but why waste it outside.

At a Glance
Turning:   Excellent
Machining:   Excellent
Bending:   Very Good
Sanding:   Excellent
Nailing/Screwing:   Very Good
Glueing:   Very Good
Timber Coating:   Accepts most coatings very well.
Oil:   Burnished oil finishes bring out plenty of depth
Note 1   Pity that we cant claim it as an Aussie timber.  It's one of hte best.
Note 2   Well worth trying at least once before you hang up the apron.

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