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09-23-2015 07:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut cherry table

I recently got a great deal ($17!) on a little bistro table that’s going to work great in my sunroom. The previous owner bought the table like this and didn’t know what the top was made of. I have good experience working with walnut, and before sanding, the grain pattern made me think it might in fact be aged walnut.

But after sanding with 80 grit, the sawdust was pinkish and it didn’t smell like walnut. Sanding brought out yellow and pink hues. Could this be cherry or a different hardwood? Next to a raw black walnut board, the grain pattern is similar but it is much more yellow with slight pink hues. When I wiped down with a wet cloth it had a dark brown with reddish hue.

Any input is appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 09-23-2015 07:59 PM

Looks like walnut to me.

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#2 posted 09-23-2015 08:03 PM


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#3 posted 09-23-2015 08:19 PM

Congratulations on a great buy.
I agree with the others. Walnut.


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#4 posted 09-23-2015 08:25 PM

Definitely walnut. It tends to fade over time which is why it looks lighter/yellower than the other board of Walnut you compared it to.

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#5 posted 09-23-2015 08:32 PM


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#6 posted 09-23-2015 08:42 PM

I was hoping it was walnut, thanks!

I initially thought it was as well, but the pink sawdust and yellowed color made me wonder. Also when wet there was a deep red accent. With my other walnut pieces I haven’t experienced that. The top definitely has some age, but is sanding out nicely. I’m excited to finish it.

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#7 posted 09-23-2015 08:43 PM

Pay no attention to those other guys, it’s walnut…

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#8 posted 09-23-2015 10:04 PM

It’s walnut, and should look amazing when finished. Use an oil-based finish to darken up the color a bit. I’d recommend danish oil for a basic flat finish in the wood, or waterlox / tung oil or maybe arm-r-seal for a shiny film finish with better protection.

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#9 posted 09-27-2015 04:23 AM

Walnut is my first guess for the application. However, if its very light in weight and soft, like you can write on it with your fingernail, then its butternut, a cousin to walnut. It is slightly lighter in color.

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