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Forum topic by DonJ posted 02-20-2010 04:45 PM 857 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2010 04:45 PM

I have some walnut from the same order; assuming similar moisture content and size, why would one of the boards be much lighter than the other? I assume the grain is much more open, but don’t know whay or the cause. Thanks!!

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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Daren Nelson

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#1 posted 02-20-2010 04:49 PM

Lighter weight ? Trees are organic and vary from tree to tree in many ways, density being one of them. And you are correct when you mention rings. The wood closer to the heart where the rings are tighter makes for denser=heavier wood even on the same tree.

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 05:49 PM

There are certainly differences within each tree as Daren writes, in fact the sap wood in walnut can be almost white. Your boards are also probably from different trees as well unless you are sure you bought a flitch all cut from the same tree. This is part of the reason that wood selection is so important otherwise you won’t get a match in terms of grain, color, texture, etc.

-- Glen

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