As I understand Butternut is a close relative to Walnut. Workability is
supposed to be the same as Walnut.
Wifey wants a entertainment center for the big screen tv and I have an
oppurtunity to by several hundred bd. ft of it at a very resonable price.
Have done a bit of looking on the web but have found little in the way of
Can anyone share there expreriances working Butternut ?
Looks like walnut, if stained: figure and grain patterns are similar, but wood
is a much lighter color. Works a lot like walnut, but...it is softer, lighter
(not much heavier than a light pine), not nearly as strong (make those 4/4
shelves 5/4), needs filling (walnut can use filling, doesn't need it), works
very easily, finishes well. In other words, it works about like walnut, when
stained it looks like walnut, but it is not as strong, nor as hard.
Depending on the price, it's a good substitute. Of course, you could always
clear finish it, and tell people what it really is, "white walnut". Great for
confusion purposes amongst non-woodworkers.
"Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable." Mark Twain
basically my experience is the same as Charlie's in all respects. The wood
is much softer than black walnut [juglans nigra]. Butternut is not Juglans
nigra, black walnut, but is definately a member of the walnut family
.Butternut, is also known as white walnut designated as Juglans
It's about like walnut sapwood, it seems to me. Great carving wood, as it's
not too hard, yet holds detail well.
Wonder if it could be steamed with walnut shavings like when they steam
walnut to match sapwood?
Basically, I'd agree with what others have said: it's markedly softer
than walnut, similar grain patterns. Works nicely with 'lectricity or
muscle power, however, so it's great for light duty projects -- i.e. I
wouldn't make a dining room table from butternut. I would consider it
for use in a sideboard or similar.
It is a very nice traditional wood. Not quite as durable as oak,
maple, or cherry. Butternut is known as "white oak." It is a good
choice for a large piece of furniture due to its light weight. It
works easily with tools and carves well. Buy it!
You mean white walnut, dontcha? :-)
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Couple of years ago I made a pair of antique gun display cases for a friend of
mine, who balked at the original price estimate I gave him for walnut.
Butternut, when stained, was an excellent substitute. Kinda fuzzy while working
it, but the light weight definitely was a plus, since these cases hung on a
This fall I did a Pantry out of Butternut. It was a pleasure (for the most
part) to work with. There is a slight difference in look than maybe walnut
but some of it even has coloration of a lighter walnut (yes I have seen not
sap wood walnut in a light brown). A good description might be
whitish-brown base color with dark brown swirls through it. some of it
looked like a marble cake. I had some that had a sort of Lacewood pattern
in it (very cool) some had a three dimensional pattern (similar to the lace
wood) a few pieces had no pattern at all. All this from supposedly the same
tree. Mine was air dried 7+ years too so this may make a difference in some
colorations and patterns.
It smells like walnut and I would take the same precautions with it like
walnut dust (which has a reputation to be an irritant). It works nicely and
it didn't splinter quite like walnut will do, probably because it is softer.
I had to hand plane some of the edges (for lack of a jointer) and a sharp
plane can make a huge curl :) I had little problem with fuzz. Also Mine
came in spalted form so it added even more interest to the piece. An
entertainment cabinet would look wonderful. As I indicated before, grain
patterns very so plan accordingly.
If you desire I will either send pictures of wood and project or post them
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