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American Black Walnut – The Best for Dining Tables? (Updated 2021)

American Black Walnut – The Best Wood for Dining Tables? (Updated 2021)

It’s time to take another trip into the world of solid wood slabs once again. When it comes to solid wood dining tables, many customers are often spoiled for choice as there is an array of wood types to choose from, each with its own unique look. There is the dark, sleek looking Leadwood , the golden brown “King of Hardwoods” Teak and many more. However today, we'll look at one of the most popular wood choices among homeowners - The American Black Walnut.


American Black Walnut Tree

Native to the eastern regions of North America, American Black Walnut is a medium to large hardwood that is commonly used for furniture making. Growing to lengths of 30 metres and to widths of up to 1m, the Black Walnut has the dimensions to be turned into a spacious dining table for a big family. This timber's durability has also made it the wood of choice for gunstocks, boatmaking and even certain musical instruments!


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 types that are being used for dining tables. Furthermore, the Black Walnut has good shock resistance and is moderately dense which makes it an ideal material for dining tables. It is also considered more resistant to scratches and dents from normal daily use. As such with sufficient care, an American Black Walnut dining table will age gracefully and prove to be a timeless piece.

American Black Walnut dining table

Colour and Tone

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

This dark brown tone of the American Black Walnut is a versatile fit for most home interiors making it a popular choice among many homeowners. A Black Walnut dining table brings with it a form of rustic elegance that is sure to be a conversation starter when guests come over for dinner gatherings.

Infographic showing the anatomy of American Walnut

There are cheaper alternatives such as staining Suar wood to make it looks similar to the American Black Walnut. However, staining does not replicate the original lustre that the Black Walnut has. What's worse, Suar wood is much more susceptible to warps and cracks.

Beautiful Wood Grains

One of the greatest joy we have working with American Black Walnut is knowing every knot, ripple and grain variation is a beautiful creation from mother nature herself. Black Walnut is especially known for its myriad of straight fine grains and attractive swirls. Its distinct features come in the form of burls and curls that are sure to be a statement piece in any home.

American Black Walnut Grains

Care & Maintenance

Like all of our wood slabs, the American Black Walnut is coated with a Rubio Monocoat finish. The Rubio Monocoat oil is engineered in such a way that it protects both the surface and core of the wood, giving it good protection against water and making it highly scratch-resistant. Simply clean the surface with a slightly damp lint-free cloth regularly for dusting. As wood is a natural material, it can be sensitive to temperature. As such, using coasters and placemats when serving food or drinks is strongly encouraged. For detailed care instructions with the Rubio Monocoat, click here. Rubio Monocoat

It's also crucial to know that prolonged exposure to high temperature, moisture or continual sunlight may cause visible changes to the black walnut wood slabs such as discolouration. As such, remember to ensure the furniture is kept out of direct sunlight for prolonged periods in your home.

Where Can I Buy A Black Walnut Dining Table?

After reading this article, we are sure you are looking forward to having your very own Black Walnut table! It is definitely a stunner and the best part is that each Walnut slab is unique in its own way. So it is safe to say that the Black Walnut table you own will be like no other.

However if you are not convince yet, simply drop by our showrooms and check out the widest selection of Black Walnut slabs in Singapore! We assure you that you won't be disappointed.