American Black Walnut – The Best Wood for Dining Tables?

Native to the eastern regions of North America, American Black Walnut is a medium to large hardwood that is commonly used for furniture making. In recent years, the American Black Walnut has become a very popular choice of wood for natural live edge tables. The gorgeous dark brown colour and unique grains of the wood would definitely be a perfect addition to your home.

Still considering what wood would be the best? Read on to find out more why the American Black Walnut is definitely the best wood for dining table!


One of the most common indicators of durability in the industry is the Janka scale which ranges from 0 to 4,000. A ranking of 0 means the lumber is very soft and not suitable for dining table usage. A ranking of 4,000 means that the lumber is extremely hard and difficult to mill.

American black walnut has a Janka scale rating of 1,010 which is similar to many other wood that are being used for dining table. Furthermore, black walnut has good shock resistance and is moderately dense which makes it an ideal material for furniture. It is also considered more resistant to denting and wear from normal daily use, and with sufficient care for the wood, the furniture will age gracefully and prove to be a timeless piece.

American Black Walnut Photo Courtesy of Our Customer


American black walnut is easily worked with both hand and machine tools as it readily accepts nails, screws, and glue. Once the milling process is finished, American black walnut polishes beautifully. The only caveat is that the wood dries relatively slowly, requiring the process to be slower and performed with more care.

The American Black Walnut tables that you find at Grey & Sanders are all handcrafted with love and perfected in detailed at our very own workshop. Check out the Making of a Timeless Piece from us!

Grey & Sanders crew sanding a piece of American Walnut wood slab


There are two different components to walnut wood – the outer layer is sapwood while the inner layer is heartwood. Walnut sapwood has a creamy white colour whereas the heartwood colour ranges from a golden brown to dark chocolate brown colour. The natural dark amber brown colour of a Black walnut requires no artificial staining to highlight its beauty.

Infographic showing the anatomy of American Walnut

At Grey and Sanders, we keep it as original and natural as possible to highlight the beauty of the wood. It’s definitely the reason why you are looking for a solid wood slab table. There are cheaper options such as Suar wood (Read here to find out the difference between this two wood) stained to walnut colour to make it looks similar to American Walnut wood. However, even though it might look similar, Suar wood is much more susceptible to warps and cracks.

Beautiful Natural Features

One of the greatest joy we have working with American Black Walnut is knowing every knots, cracks, grain variations and colour differences is a beautiful creation from the nature. Black Walnut has straight fine grains, often with attractive swirls and wave patterning that come in the form of wood knots, burls and curls (See our Features On Wood You Never Knew Existed to learn more!).

Colorado Table: American Black Walnut with Glass River Running Through

American Walnut wood slabs expose the natural wood grains and organic characteristics that you won’t find it anywhere else. It is definitely the statement pieces in your home and will be the talking point of your guests. The most beautiful thing about it is that each and every piece is unique and no two are the same.

Care and Maintenance

A little care for your furniture goes a long way in keeping your furniture looking great. Grey & Sanders tables are undercoated with polyurethane and the surfaces are coated with Osmo. This makes the tables more resistant to moisture, spills, and moderate heat than traditional varnishes, ensuring easy maintenance on your end. Simply clean the surface with a slightly damp lint-free cloth regularly for dusting. Should there have any minor scratches, you can simply use the wax that will be provided in our maintenance kit to smooth the surface out.

Grey and Sanders Maintenance Kit

Grey and Sanders Maintenance Kit

Prolonged exposure to high temperature, moisture or continual sunlight may cause visible changes to the wood such as discolouration. As such, remember to ensure the furniture is kept out of direct sunlight for prolonged in your home.


After reading though our whole list of reasons, I'm sure you are looking forward to have your very own Black Walnut table by now! But if you are not convince yet, simply drop by our Showroom at Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, #06-02, Singapore 409570 and check out the widest selection of Black Walnut slab in Singapore!