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I’m starting a new project. Was wondering how durable is Black Walnut for a kitchen table?

-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ -

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 05:36 PM

Why would you think it would not be durable? The finish you apply is going to determining factor.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 06:26 PM

Walnut will get some dents in use. Just so ya know.
I built a center table for our kitchen several years ago. It gets used, not looked at. That’s what it was for, so the small dings aren’t a problem for us. I finished it with a water based poly ‘cause it was in a work environment.


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#3 posted 07-22-2015 04:10 PM

Thanks for getting back to me with your advice and comments.

PJones – I agree with the finish, I was talking to a fellow WW and he mentioned that it was not a good wood for a table.

Bill, thanks for your input, this table will be used so I will let my daughter (that is who I’m making it for) to be expecting a little bumps and bruises.

I was looking at Crafty and one of the finish experts suggested – boiled linseed oil first, then Poly. Have you guys every tried that process?

Thanks again,

-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ -

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#4 posted 07-22-2015 04:54 PM

The BLO thinned down will bring out the grain structure and give it some depth. Try it on a sample to insure it is what you want to achieve. Make sure you let the BLO dry before over coating with your poly.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#5 posted 07-22-2015 06:29 PM

Depends on whats for dinner…. So, whats for dinner.

Why would someone say it isnt good for a table? Actually i think it would be great. As long as your finish is good it will be fine.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#6 posted 07-23-2015 11:16 AM

I made this one 27 years ago. It has survived 3 children and many abuses we have put it through. The top being 2” thick can easily be refinished by removing 1/8”-3/16”. As others have said, expect it to dent here and there. It has about 8 coats of poly on it.


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#7 posted 07-23-2015 02:42 PM

Walnut is close to cherry and soft maple in terms of hardness and ranks just below red oak. It is tight grained so will show scratches easier than an open grain like red oak. Being solid wood, I consider any solid wood piece to be extremely durable. You always have the option to sand or plane down the surface and refinish. Finish is and isn’t the important part and it really depends on how you define durability. Is it scratch resistance or ding resistance? If scratch, then it’s a combination of the wood substrate and the finish hardness. If to dings, then it’s almost purely the wood substrate unless you are using say a 2-part epoxy top. In any case, walnut is acceptable for a tabletop. Its not the softest nor the hardest but certainly one of the most attractive.

I have done a BLO on figured walnut with a shellac top coat. It looks great, the BLO brought out the figure nicely but I found the poly to almost do the same unless it’s water based. Either way, the BLO takes forever to dry so plan on waiting several weeks before topcoating to avoid the problems I had.

-- Mike

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#8 posted 07-23-2015 03:12 PM

Thank you all for your input and valuable information. Mr. Jinx great work…

I will take all your advise to heart and will let you know the outcome of my project.

Thanks again, Joe

-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ -

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