Inset Rustic Black Walnut Kitchen

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Project by finewoodbutcher posted 10-07-2015 05:35 PM 1089 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a longer than usual design process due to finding the right Black Walnut. Client wanted Black Walnut but not any of the usual Black Walnut you normally can source. This project needed splits, cracks, knots, and a subtle variety of color. I was able to source this from my hardwood supplier in Rustic grade. It wasn’t easy to find, but the wood had all the qualities we were going for. The other concern I had was the inset doors. Walnut is fairly stable, but can still move on you. I bought everything they had. About 225 board feet, and stickered it in my shop for over a month. I then ripped most of what I needed to width and let it sit for a couple of weeks while I built the cabinet boxes. This is an inset design so everything had to be perfectly square. I used my favorite 3/4 prefinished Maple ply for the boxes and they came out really nice. The doors have resawn solid panels, 3” stile and rail, and a live edge look on the rails. The client loved the look so we went with it. It was a pretty simple process using a 4” grinder and my orbital sander.
I really enjoy Black Walnut. It machines nicely and takes lacquer beautifully. I wasnt able to truly appreciate the wood until I sprayed it. Complex colors, interesting grain patterns, and a very warm look overall.

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 11:50 PM

looks amazing – great job

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 10-08-2015 01:19 PM

They are great looking cabinets.

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#4 posted 10-11-2015 12:45 AM

Beautiful cabinets.Nice job.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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