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vck

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07-09-2017 04:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

Hi all,
I’m a total newbie to wood/woodmaking/etc but have a strong interest!
I just recently purchased this “Lane-style” table and was looking at the banding that is evident in the wood when in the light. I assume that the dark part is walnut, but I was wondering if that looks like it’s from poor sanding or some other man-caused reason, or if it is natural? Thanks for your help!

- Vic


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#1 posted 07-09-2017 04:20 PM

Looks like a natural curl / figure to the lumber. Rather desirable.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 04:30 PM

If the “banding” that you refer to is the color variation between the dark wood and the lighter portions, then yes, it is a natural phenomenon.

Most wood species exhibit color differences between “heartwood”—the inner portion of the tree, and “sapwood”—the outer, living portion of the tree. Part of the natural characteristics of wood. In your walnut, the lighter portions are sapwood.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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vck

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#3 posted 07-09-2017 04:36 PM

Thanks guys for the responses so far! I am referring to the “stripes” that are going across the grain. It’s more apparent on the right side where the light is hitting the table. Jerry, you’re referring to the lighter section in the middle section spanning across the width of the table, right? This is great, any information is just more learning for me. Thanks

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#4 posted 07-09-2017 04:58 PM

The stripes are known as curly grain. It is one type of grain figure that happens in many species and is generally desirable and more costly. Google up curly walnut and you will find lots of pics of similar lumber.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 07-09-2017 04:58 PM

It’s a pattern called “fiddleback” because
wood with that figure is used for the
backs of viols. It has other names too.

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#6 posted 07-09-2017 09:02 PM


Jerry, you re referring to the lighter section in the middle section spanning across the width of the table, right?
- vck

Yes, I was referring to the lighter-colored wood in the center. I guess I missed the curly figure at first, but I agree with the others—- this is a natural phenomenon and often desirable.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#7 posted 07-09-2017 09:30 PM

Looking deeper youve got a bookmatched table from curly walnut. Its beautiful.

Bookmatching is ripping a thicker board into two thinner boards, opening them like a book and gluing them edge to edge.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 07-10-2017 01:40 AM

Thanks for the answers and insights everyone! Much appreciated!

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#9 posted 07-11-2017 04:05 PM

It is all messed up with all that banding. If you live close I can help you to dispose of the table for free.

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#10 posted 07-11-2017 04:50 PM

but I was wondering if that looks like it’s from poor sanding or some other man-caused reason

I wish I could get results like that from poor sanding. That is some beautiful book matched curly walnut, likely veneer.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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