I am planning on purchasing some walnut this weekend to start work on my
Stickley-rip off bed (I know Stickley is usually cherry or QSWO, but SWBO
I have not made an entire project from walnut before. How easily does this
stuff work? Chip-out prone?
I do not have any problem working with solid walnut wood
I always use premium quality carbide blades (Freud) and keep them well
I make sure that I use the right blade for ripping and cross cutting.
My first furniture was made using 8 wide X3/4 thick solid board. After
all these years, I have never had any splits or checks, twisting or cupping.
Today, because of availability and the machineries I have I use narrower
boards for cabinet making with dowels or biscuits.
At first, I use oil stain on walnut. Then over the years, I have removed
the stain and refinished the existing furniture with Danish oil. Since then
when I work with walnut or other hardwood, I prefer Tung oil or Danish oil
> I am planning on purchasing some walnut this weekend to start work
> Stickley-rip off bed (I know Stickley is usually cherry or QSWO,
> wants walnut.)
> I have not made an entire project from walnut before. How easily does
> this stuff work? Chip-out prone?
There is a reason it is a favorite for gun stocks.
Boards will be smaller than other species, but should be NBD.
... and it smells great when you work it.
Good stuff Maynard.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
Maybe someone can validate that statement furthermore or dismiss it.
Or it could be just an old tale.
I never use walnut wood chips or saw dust for mulching to be used around
The situation is when you do surface planing or wood turning you accumulate
lots of wood chips and it has to be disposed.
I always end up burning it in the stove.
Will make horses founder, but it's a great weed killer. Trees that
tolerate acid soil shouldn't care much, though higher acidity does leach the
soil faster. Cherry and oak are a couple other good weed controllers. Mix
with high-ammonia stuff for composting or it lasts forever.
On Mon, 15 Jan 2007 12:34:35 +0000, marierdj wrote:
I think he's talking about OSHA's position that walnut is a
I note that several of the more popular cabinet woods are listed, although
maple isn't. I do find myself wondering whether this is due to degree of
exposure rather than any unique characteristic of the wood.
Most cancers start out as epitheliomas (epithelia = skin or organ
Any irritant is a potential carcinogen, asbestos being an excellent
example. Wear a mask if you're worried. Most other carcinogens
should be this easy to control.
After cutting down a walnut tree and working it up into lumber I had bags
and bags of walnut shavings, so I researched that thoroughly.
It is "thought" that some plants "might" be hurt by walnut mulch; but there
is no definitive word on the subject. But all agree that it is harmless
So I laid mine down in a parking area where I want to discourage weeds.
Maybe it will help; who knows.
I've been privileged to have, and use, quite a bit of it. Very easy to work,
and not usually chip/tear out prone when routing or sawing, and pretty hard
to screw up a finish if you go easy.
Air dried if you can find it. The kiln dried, still beautiful, can be a bit
dulled by the process. (contrary to conventional wisdom, a very light
colored stain like ZAR's Provincial 114 will help somewhat if that becomes a
As far as finishing goes, normally no stain. An amber shellac brings out the
color nicely, and a "Sam Maloof" type oil/poly oil/wax finish, is my
favorite walnut finish ... particularly if you run through the grits to 320.
When you start working with walnut, do keep an eye on yourself for any
allergic reactions. It can do some strange things to some folks, including
me ... the sawdust from cutting doesn't bother me, but, if I get too big a
whiff of it, the smoke, like what happens when from routing mortises, makes
both my feet itch at the same time in the same spots ... go figure. Since
allergic reactions can suddenly intensify, I routinely wear a mask when
My first experience with walnut was with a headboard and dresser. Nice
stuff to work with. I didn't find chip-out to be a problem but then I use
sharp tooling, blades cutters, etc.
Danish oil finish recommended.
Be sure to use a mask.
Naw, it's terrible stuff- once you get it, send it me and I'll get rid
of it for you.
In all seriousness, it's a wonderful wood. Machines well, and sands
to a great finish.
Two things to watch, though- the dust is hazardous, so wear a decent
tight-fitting mask. And do not use the shavings or sawdust as mulch-
black walnut will kill many plants. If you normally use your shavings
for mulching, make sure you keep walnut separate.
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