How well will black walnut work as cabinet tops, trim, and gunwales in
a boat? It will be covered in epoxy and then coated with several coats
of high gloss UV blocking varnish, but I am interested in knowing if it
is resistant to rot and such.
I would think it would have similar properties as mahogany. And UV
protection will be the same. They have used walnut in boats and boat
trimming for many years.
Here is a page to view:
Try a google with "walnut" "wooden boat" "marine" and see what happens...
Gunwales and cabinet trim are pretty far apart. Usually, one wants a hard
tough wood like oak for gunwales and a nicely finished wood likecherry,
walnut, teak or mahogany for cabinet trim. I believe that black walnut is
not particularly rot resistant.
Should I worry that Black Walnut is only 1010 on the Janka hardness
scale where White Oak is 1300 and something?
Maybe I should just use Purple Heart or Padauk (both higher on the
hardness scale than white oak)...... but I really am leaning towards
the color of the walnut. I can already see the dark brown, brightworked
gunwale contrasting against an ivory paint on the outer hull.
I'm not a boat builder, but it doesn't seem like a big deal considering
the application and considering you are going to put some tough finishes
on it. You could use Jatoba as well. Very hard and durable and it has
a nice color.
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