LumberJocks

Walnut got really light in color...

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by Dinger posted 166 days ago 602 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Dinger's profile

Dinger

123 posts in 888 days


166 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut

When I bought a large load of QSWO the mill gave me some walnut and cherry slabs. The cherry is fantastic. I’m making a humidor with the box being made of cherry and I wanted to make the miter keys from black walnut. I stored the slabs with other lumber buried deep in the pile. When I went to go retrieve it, it seemed to have lost all it’s beautiful dark color. It’s so pale now it almost looks like all sap wood but when I first got it to the shop it was dark as could be. Does walnut lost it’s color when not exposed to light for long periods of time? It was almost a year ago. Will the dark color come back? Was it always sapwood and it just fooled me when they gave it to me? This is my first experience with walnut.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."


7 replies so far

View david_larch's profile

david_larch

97 posts in 928 days


#1 posted 166 days ago

Once you cut, sand, scrape and plane it the color usually comes back. It does generally lighten over time but I think once you expose some fresh grain you will be pleased.

View MisterBill's profile

MisterBill

337 posts in 877 days


#2 posted 166 days ago

How big are your walnut slabs?

View richardwootton's profile (online now)

richardwootton

1153 posts in 581 days


#3 posted 166 days ago

Was it kiln dried? Some of the walnut I have that was kiln dried and I’m thinking steamed because the sap wood is kind of a milky brown. You could have gotten a slab that was primarily sap wood that had been steamed to attempt to match the heart wood. All of the black walnut I have air drying is nice, dark rich chocolate brown.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

View Kryptic's profile

Kryptic

294 posts in 286 days


#4 posted 166 days ago

i think you might have bought a load of sapwood

you can always die it dark

View Dallas's profile

Dallas

2866 posts in 1113 days


#5 posted 166 days ago

I have 3 cans of Dollar store brown paint you can have.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View Dinger's profile

Dinger

123 posts in 888 days


#6 posted 154 days ago

Thanks for the offer Dallas :). Turns out when I exposed it to light again and did some planing it darkened right up. I do like using the sap wood on some projects. Thanks for the input.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

View Woodendeavor's profile

Woodendeavor

212 posts in 1232 days


#7 posted 154 days ago

Yes Walnut will lighten when exposed to light. I have some old toys that my grandfather built and where they sat you can see on one side light and the other looks like walnut

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase