Black walnut

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Blog entry by bobbo1963 posted 09-14-2009 10:14 PM 1003 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am building a cradle and am using black walnut for the first time. A friend indicated that glueing will be a issue. To accomplish this, He said that a bleeching foam would be needed. This will help in finishing as well. I have never heard of this and would all inputs pro or con. Thanks

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 10:29 PM

I’ve glued a lot of Black Walnut and I’ve never had any problems with it, now I ain’t dead yet either, maybe in 20 years or so it might fall apart but so far it’s all held together.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 11:09 PM

I have glued lots of Walnut and had no issues at all. Perhaps if the glue gets on the wood to be stained and is not wiped off or sanded off afterwards, the stain may not take well to that area, but in terms of it staying together I haven’t yet have a piece come apart.

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#3 posted 09-14-2009 11:16 PM

I have, likewise, done lots of work with both black and claro walnut. I have never….REPEAT…never had a glue joint failure.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 11:59 PM

Worked with lots of black walnut. There is no oils in the wood that would keep glue from sticking. Go for it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 12:11 AM

Walnut is one of my favorite and most used woods. I have never had an issue with glue or finishing. Hard wood with tight grain, no sealers needed before finishing either.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 12:13 AM

I have never heard of issues with glueing walnut, I work with walnut all the time and have never had a problem. Perhaps your friend’s issue was the glue and not the wood. I have a walnut hope chest that I built in high school (over 20 years old) and it still is intact. I have used titebond I and II and I have never had a problem. I have also resawed my own walnut veneer to do bent lamination using Better Bond glue and have had success. Good luck with your cradle project.

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 01:43 AM

Same here, no problems with glue and walnut.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 09-15-2009 01:50 AM

I’ve never heard of bleaching foam and titebond has always worked fine for me on walnut.

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#9 posted 09-15-2009 03:00 AM

Titebond has a dark wood glue that cures to about the color of dull, gray, milk chocolate frosting. I’ve use it whenever I glue up walnut.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#10 posted 09-15-2009 03:57 AM

I’m afraid your friend missed the boat on this one.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 09-15-2009 04:36 AM

I’m with everyone else, I’ve worked with walnut for years and years and never had a problem with gluing or finishing. One of my favorite woods to work with.

-- John @

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#12 posted 09-15-2009 04:40 PM

Also never done anything special when gluing walnut…though as already mentioned it is recommended to use titebonds “dark” wood glue in case you do not get a really tight fit.

-- James -

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#13 posted 09-16-2009 01:54 AM

Thanks for the input. The titebond bond dark is the winner.

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