Walnut

General Info and Benefits

Walnut - Juglans nigra, Black Walnut

General Description
• The sapwood is creamy white
• The heartwood is light brown to dark chocolate brown, with occasional purplish casts
• Commercially available walnut is usually steamed to darken sapwood
• Generally straight-grained
• Most prized when wavy or curly grain adds to the figure
• A great wood for using in contrast with lighter-colored species

Physical Properties
• A tough hardwood of medium density
• Has moderate bending and crushing strengths and low stiffness
• Janka Rating System = 1010

Where It Grows
• Throughout Eastern U.S.
• Principal commercial region is the Central states
• Average tree height of 100 to 150 feet

Relative Abundance
• 1.9 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available
• Reasonable availability

Did You Know?
• Walnut is one of the few American species planted as well as naturally regenerated
  • Walnut Select
    Walnut Select
    Known for its light gray to purple-brown color tone, Walnut Select will not display sapwood on the face, although some may be seen on the back. Its grain pattern can contain both straight and wavy sections as well, and has a reduced allowance for small knots and pin knots.
  • Walnut Finish Grade
    Walnut Finish Grade
    Walnut Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • Walnut Natural
    Walnut Natural
    Walnut Natural can display a noticeable mix of heartwood and sapwood on the face. Its grain pattern can contain straight, wavy, and additional pattern sections and it has an allowance for small knots, pin knots, mineral, and other natural characteristics.
  • Walnut
    Walnut
    When utilizing Walnut for drawer boxes, this material will show a light gray to purple-brown color tone with allowance for light colored sapwood.
  • Walnut Rustic Knotty
    Walnut Rustic Knotty
    Walnut Rustic Knotty is most known for its allowance for open and closed knots. It can display a noticeable mix of heartwood and sapwood and a variety of grain patterns. It has an allowance for small knots, pin knots, mineral, and other natural characteristics.
  • Walnut Rustic Knotty Finish Grade
    Walnut Rustic Knotty Finish Grade
    Walnut Rustic Knotty Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • Plain Sliced Select Walnut
    Plain Sliced Select Walnut
    Used for veneer doors, Plain Sliced Walnut Select shares many similar characteristics to standard Walnut Select doors, featuring a light gray to purple-brown color tone and a reduced allowance for sapwood on the face. This material also has a reduced allowance for other natural defects like knots.
  • Walnut Veneer / MDF
    Walnut Veneer / MDF
    Walnut Unfinished Veneer on a MDF core will display a fairly consistent color and grain pattern. *May not be stocked at all facilities.