American Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) is a classic wood choice. Native to North America, Black Walnut trees grow in the Eastern half of the United States as well as in Ontario, Canada. It is unique because it is the only domestic dark brown species of wood. Black walnut has a dark heartwood and a light sapwood, which varies the color of walnut wood from a creamy white to a dark chocolate brown. Over time, American Black Walnut will naturally develop a fine patina, lightening slightly. This is a subtle effect that can be retained somewhat by sealants and oils which also enhances its beautiful grain. American Black Walnut veneer has a smooth, tight grain with some cathedrals. Burls and figures in walnut veneer show incredible movement that make for dramatic finished furniture or instruments.
Flat Cut Walnut Veneer, also referred to as Crown Cut or plain sliced, usually has the lighter sapwood around the outer parts cut out, just as one might cut off the fatty portions of meat. Walnut Veneer is a uniform brown tone and is reasonably priced, similar to that of maple and cherry. Walnut veneer is an excellent choice for woodworkers desiring a consistent look that avoids knots that invariably happen with solid lumber.
Walnut has become one of the most popular veneers in America, and the use of walnut wood veneer sheets is a conservation-minded choice as it helps preserve this precious stock of hardwood as one tree can produce much more veneer than solid furniture. Oakwood Veneer Walnut sheets are available in standard and premium quality. Sizing includes 4’x8, 4’x10’, 4’x12’ and 4’ x 14’. Crossgrains include larger sizes such as 5’x8’, 5’x10’, 5’x12’, 8’x4’, 10’x4’, and 12’x4’. These wood veneer sheets are also available with several different backers, including 10 mil, 22.2 mil BFV (bubble-free veneer), WOW (wood on wood) or PSA (peel and stick).
Walnut veneer is used in fine furniture, upscale cabinets, kitchen accessories, gunstocks, and clock cases.
Other names American Black Walnut, Eastern Black Walnut, Virginia Walnut, Canadian Walnut, or Black Hickory.