Walnut: The Wood of Fine Furniture For Your Doors and Trim

By April 11, 2018BLOG

Walnut is a high quality dark wood often used for furniture and wood trim, like interior doors, kitchen cabinets, and flooring. It has a long history in America. Native Americans considered the walnut tree the wood of mental focus and clarity. Because of it’s ability to be bent, it was often used in wagon wheels and rockers. Today walnut is most commonly used where it’s attractive grain and color can be shown..

The wood normally has a fine straight grain and is darker in color. The color ranges from a light brownish tone in the outside sapwood of the logs, to a darker almost chocolate tone in the middle heartwood. It is a medium density hardwood that is durable and decay resistant. The wood holds moisture well. Because of this it must be dried carefully to prevent damage to the wood. This ability to hold moisture makes it take stains and finishes well.

It is a large tree that grows one hundred to one hundred fifty feet tall. It grows world wide but in America it is more common in the central to eastern regions. Most of the commercial activity with it in America is in the central region.

Even though it is a hardwood it can be machined and worked with easily. Both glues and mechanical fasteners work well with it. Once finished it can be polished with ease. Because of this it is popular for furniture, flooring, cabinetry, and both exterior and interior doors.

We at East Tennessee Building Supply have a variety of sizes and styles of walnut interior doors. We supply them unfinished so that you can make them match the coloring and shade of your room. In addition we would be glad to answer any questions you have about them.