Pretty similar and I don't have table at hand to look it up (and google
would work as easily there as here :) ).
I'd guess the oak probably is slightly harder on average; both work very
nicely and leave a crisp edge w/ _sharp_ tools but are hard enough that
anything less is a pain for sure.
Red Oak is supposedly harder than North American Black Walnut (the
typical type of walnut for woodworking).
Woodworkers will tell you Walnut is harder to work with than Red Oak
in terms of how it feels to drill or edge shape. I think hardness is
determined by how deep a dent is made by a specific weight spherical
ball dropped from a certain distance. So walnut dents deeper but it
feels harder to work (IMNSHO)
Walnut is a joy to work with. Cuts smooth as butter, doesn't splinter
like oak. While they both have a deeper grain than other hardwoods,
Walnut's is more uniform.
To me, it's a no-brainer between Walnut and any Oak.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Pride. Hickory is proud to be used for hammah handles. ;)
Or maybe it just works out with wood hardeners on the side.
I think the reason is the difference in the cellular structure of the
wood. Seek Hoadley for enlightenment. http://goo.gl/h0XYU
The ultimate result of shielding men from folly
is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer
Which reminded me of this joke:
Once upon a time, a little boy was born without a penis. (hey, no girl
jokes here, OK?) His parents went to doctors all over but nothing
could be done. Later, around the boy's 17th birthday, a doctor called
his mother and told them that technology had progressed enough to do a
replacement surgery. They tested the whole male side of the family
and found them to be compatible. The boy's brother, grandfather, and
father could all donate parts of their penises. The surgery went well
and the boy healed nicely. About a year later, the boy visited the
doctor with downcast eyes. When the doctor asked what was wrong, the
boy exclaimed "The dick works OK until I'm with a girl, Doc. Why in
the hell did you have to put Grandpa's section in the _middle_?
Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are
based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that
I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as
I have received and am still receiving.
-- Albert Einstein
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