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Forum topic by kayakdude posted 04-07-2012 09:42 PM 1081 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kayakdude

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04-07-2012 09:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood walnut

hello fellow wood woorkers the other day i was at the saw mill talking with the owner about wood and stuff and we came across the topic of walnut wood that i have laying around and would like to have cut some day and then he said to me he wood not cut walnut for me so i asked why he said to me that walnut wood is poinonous to cut or to burn , then i said to him but we get nut from walnut tree’s but the wood is no good ??mmmm
wow i was amazed and stumped . had anyone ever herd of such i thing like that or is it true.

kayakdude

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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 09:51 PM

Some people are sensitive to it, and it’s not good to use the sawdust from it for mulch, because it is poisonous to other plants. But most people have no ill effects from cutting and working with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 09:55 PM

I agree, some people and plants are sensitive to it, as well as horses. But I love to use it.

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 04-07-2012 11:20 PM

If you try to plant a vegetable garden near a black walnut, it will not grow unless you really amend the soil. Ask me how I know.

I just had a small walnut log milled by some friends in exchange for a bit of labor at their yard. Not a lot of nice dark heartwood sadly, but I couldn’t stand to throw another stick of walnut in the woodstove. Sounds like the guy is just being obstinate – where does walnut lumber come from?

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HalDougherty

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 12:30 AM

I’ve got couple of thousand board feet of walnut cut and drying right now. I guess I’m doomed… LOL Walnut sawdust is harmful to horses and shouldn’t be used for animal bedding. I’ve taken my sawdust and covered ground where I wanted to kill the weeds and grass and weeds keep right on growing through 6” of walnut sawdust. You might kill flowers and vegetables with it, but it doesn’t hurt grass and weeds.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-08-2012 01:53 AM

Hal, It doesn’t seem to bother any of the plants in our flower beds either. But it will cause BIG problems for horses. Current advice is not to use any nut bearing hardwood shavings for horse bedding.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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WDHLT15

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 10:59 AM

The wood contains small amounts of a chemical called juglone. It is in higher concentration in the leaves and roots than in the sawdust. Even so, best not to put it in a garden or flower bed.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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Barbara Gill

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#7 posted 04-08-2012 01:05 PM

I have to say that that sawyer was being silly. I have sawn thousands of bd.ft. Of walnut over the years, used it in flat work and turned it. Oh yeah, burned it in the fireplace too. I am still kicking.
Maybe silly was too kind a description.
Of course with any wood dust it pays to wear a mask.

-- Barbara

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#8 posted 04-08-2012 02:14 PM

He was joking ya

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John Ormsby

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#9 posted 04-08-2012 02:31 PM

Sam Maloof used vast amounts of walnut until the age of 93. I guess he died young.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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ohtimberwolf

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#10 posted 04-08-2012 11:54 PM

I have an Amish man bandsawing a bunch of walnut right now. Doesn’t seem to bother him any and at 17 cents a BF it seems like a good thing to do. I’ll take walnut anytime.

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...

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