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08-28-2011 02:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut peruvian lumber question

Any experience with this lumber?

Was at the wholesaler yesterday and he mentioned that they have some rough 4/4 in stock right now.

Looks like it could be fun, very lightweight- similar to mahogany, but very dark in color.

Will plane a piece tonight or tomorrow to see what it does, I bought 68 board feet to try it out.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."


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#1 posted 08-28-2011 03:23 AM

Although I haven’t used any Peruvian Walnut (or Tropical Walnut), I’m a big fan of Walnut in general, and I’d probably like the Peruvian Walnut even more since it’s a darker brown.

Since you bought 68-BF of it, I’m assuming you’ve got a project or two in mind for it? I’ll be curious to see the results, and hear your thoughts on the wood once you begin working it.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 04:27 AM

Hey Jonathan, thanks for your input, I am looking forward to working with it, hopefully get some time tomorrow.

Walnut has always been a favorite of mine as well.

I picked out a few boards that looked good (8-10” wide and some 7”), but until I see how it machines, I don’t really have a plan for it yet.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 08-28-2011 04:40 AM

I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I buy wood that I like the look of, but don’t yet have a project picked out for it. Now I need to start using up some of my stock! My lumber rack has been overflowing for a while now, and piling it on the floor is getting old, not to mention, in the way.

I’m sure inspiration will find you after the planer and jointer find the walnut!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 08-28-2011 05:34 AM

I have used it in the past and really liked it. I have made boxes with it and used it as trim in our small bathroom with some Oak. It is soft and the dust is messy. It can have voids?? what ever you call it when the cells of the wood have really open areas. Like cardboard from the side if that makes sense. It is darker than most US Walnut I have seen and the pores are more open. It machines easily and took a finish well. Not sure why I quit buying it. I think my wood supplier in Reno was not getting good quality for a while and I stopped. Just like Lcewood now. Poor quality and high price. Enjoy it!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 08-28-2011 05:37 AM

Randy,

What you have is Juglans neotropica which is the South American version of American Walnut, Juglans nigra. The only difference you will find is the almost total lackof sapwood. Neotropica, because of growing conditions, converts sapwood to heart at a much higher rate than American walnut. Machining properties, glueing, finishing, etc. are nearly identical. I believe, once again because of the difference in growing conditions, that the neotropica will have a little straighter grain. How much per bd/ft was it? The stuff I’ve seen is around $12-$13 bd/ft. Enjoy.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#6 posted 08-28-2011 05:53 PM

Thanks for the info, guys! Will let you know what it looks like a little later today.

Steve, I was surprised to see this import priced very similar to American Walnut. And I did notice the lack of sapwood (which I personally like to feature a bit in some projects for variety) and the color looks to be quite dark, although this is rough material.

I paid $5.10 per board foot.

I have to correct my previous error, in checking the board foot price on the invoice I see that I bought 56 board feet, not 68. Not sure where that number came from…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 08-28-2011 08:46 PM

Just planed a short piece, I really like this lumber and would highly recommend it!


Compared a couple short pieces of American with the rough Peruvian

The shavings are very soft, it planes like a dream!

Application of Fiddes Hardwax Oil to see what the finish would look like.

End grain darkens to almost black w Hardwax Oil, I am thinking this would make an amazing contrast when dovetailed.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 08-28-2011 08:59 PM

I’ve used it and I find it “fuzzy” after sanding.
It is lighter than American walnut… I’m not a fan, however.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 08-29-2011 05:39 AM

Ellen,

Out of curiosity, what don’t you like about it?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 08-29-2011 06:17 AM

Randy, $5.10 a bd/ft!!?? It’s not available around here, but to order would cost over $12 plus shipping making landed cost around $15+. I can get American walnut for $3.50 or less. Maybe if you met me halfway with a load——-

Nice loking wood. Does walnut dust bother you?

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#11 posted 08-29-2011 06:21 PM

I just used it for the first time. Made 20 boxes out of it for center pieces at a customers wedding.
It was very nice to work with. It has a lot more consistant coloring then black walnut IMO and it took an oil finish nicly IF sanded well. It did have a tendency to tear out a bit when planed but nothing serious.
I cant believe someone found this for $5.10! I paid $7.25
Nice wood though

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#12 posted 08-29-2011 06:35 PM

Steve, I think I will have to go back and buy what they have left, it scares me to see what others are paying, maybe this is a one time deal…

A friend said he looked it up online and found another seller had stock in town for $16.00 a board foot!

I don’t mind the trip, but last time I made that drive it was about 44 hours (that was to Shelbyville TN) – halfway sounds acceptable to me… :)

Could bring a horse trailer full, what do you have to trade?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#13 posted 08-30-2011 02:32 AM

Randy,

I will have to decline your kind offer. I find I am suffering a acute case of pecuniary embarrasment. Seems I had to take my 4 year-old grandson to the shoe store. He wanted Sketchers electric shoes. Peer preassure certainly starts early. Thanks anyway, and get it while you can. That is too good a price.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#14 posted 08-30-2011 02:45 AM

Electric shoes? You are way ahead of me…

What if I send you a few short pieces – 2’ long – could you use them?

Will pick some more up this week.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#15 posted 08-30-2011 02:52 AM

I’ve paid $12.00/BF for thicknessed. I like it a lot. It doesn’t have as much “grey” in it as typical walnut. Does that make any sense?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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