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Black Walnut Hardwood Flooring

General Description: Black walnut is attractive, tight-grained, and polishes to a very smooth finish. It improves with age, finishing beautifully and stands as a decorative hardwood which is widely used throughout the world.

Black walnut hardwood flooring is not recommended in high traffic areas, but is a preference as a general building material due to its ease of use.

  • Color: Dark brown to purplish black. The color ranges from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate color in the heartwood. When kiln-dried, walnut hardwood tends toward a dull brown color, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown.

  • Grain: Noted for its beautiful grain, the wood is generally straight-grained,but sometimes with waves or curls too. This species produces a greater variety of figure types than any other. The wood develops a rich patina that grows more lustrous with age.

  • Finishing: Finishes well with a natural finish.

  • Characteristics: Walnut is a tough hardwood of medium density, with moderate bending and crushing strength and low stiffness. It has a good steam-bending classification. Walnut has good dimensional stability.

  • Working Properties: Black walnut works easily with hand and machine tools, and cuts, nails, screws and glues well. It stains very easily and dries slowly.

  • Main Uses: A favored wood for using in contrast with lighter-colored species. Used in flooring, cabinets, carving, gunstocks, plywood, musical instruments, architectural millwork, doors, paneling, and gun stocks. Large amounts are also used for veneer. Walnut is a popular furniture wood around the world due to its natural durability.

  • Did you know? Black walnut darkens with age, beautifully.

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