Working Properties

Walnut works easily with hand and machine tools, and nails, screws and glues well. It holds paint and stain very well and can be polished to an exceptional finish. It dries slowly, and care is needed to avoid kilning degrade. Walnut has good dimensional stability.

Physical Properties

Walnut is a tough hard timber of medium density, with moderate bending and crushing strengths and low stiffness, it has a good steam bending classification.


Rated as very resistant to heartwood decay, it is one of the most durable woods even under conditions favourable to decay. Sapwood liable to attack by powder post beetles.

Main Uses

Furniture, cabinet making, architectural interiors, high class joinery, doors, flooring, and panelling. A favoured wood for using in contrast with lighter coloured timbers.

  • Machining


    100% Complete
  • Nailing


    80% Complete
  • Screwing


    80% Complete
  • gluing


    80% Complete
  • Finishing


    100% Complete
  • 0.55

    Specific Gravity (12% MC)

  • 609 kg/m3

    Average weight (12% MC)

  • 10.2 %

    Specific Volumetric Shrinkage ( Green to 6% M.C)

  • 11,584

    Modules of elasticity

  • 4492