Classic Timber Choices: the Benefits of Walnut

Classic Timber Choices: the Benefits of Walnut

Published on Friday, October 27, 2017

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Classic timber choices are a big challenge… with so many lovely woods available, it’s hard to know which will look perfect for your project. Walnut is a particularly stunning choice for signature pieces as its unusually rich colour stands out from the crowd. Check out our bite-size information pack for everything you need to know.

What can walnut be used for?

Thanks to its dark colouring, walnut contrasts beautifully with lighter woods. Walnut is most suitable for making:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Architectural millwork
  • Doors
  • Flooring
  • Panelling

What does walnut look like?

Walnut has a rich dark brown colour which deepens with age. Walnut sapwood tends to be pale in colour and can be sharply defined from the heartwood - a great aesthetic match.

Walnut’s working properties

Walnut works easily with hand and machine tools and also nails, screws and glues well. It holds paint and stains very well and creates an exceptional finish. It dries slowly, and care is needed to avoid kiln degrade.


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Walnut timber profile:

  • Strength: Good
  • Weight: 640kg/m3
  • Originates from: Eastern United States and Canada
  • Average tree height: 30m and 1.2m to 1.8m in diameter
  • Availability: Reasonable availability with regional limitations
  • Fun fact: Walnut trees can survive from 50 to 250 years old

Say “why not” to trying walnut for your next timber project. Stop by our Joinery & Woodworking Centre and take a look at the wide range of timber we have on offer.