Black Walnut Kitchen Cabinets

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Project by NicholasStowe posted 05-11-2017 02:16 PM 4338 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was our first cabinet build. It was for my own kitchen and I wanted to do something unique. I chose Walnut and began searching the internet and found a couple trees via craigslist. After two six hour drives I was ready to have them milled. We did all the work ourselves and I think it turned out great. This was a two man build with the technical aspects led by Mathew Stowe. The project used about 1k board foot and took a couple months and lots of patience.

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#1 posted 05-11-2017 02:38 PM

Nice work. And welcome to LJs.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#2 posted 05-11-2017 02:51 PM

The only thing you could have done more would be to have planted the trees 8^)

How long did you dry the slabs (air dry, kiln?). How many board feet did you get out of that load?

Walnut always makes a statement, excellent cabinets!

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#3 posted 05-11-2017 02:54 PM

I’ve always said you can never go wrong with black walnut. Those are wonderful cabinets. I’m so jealous, I can’t get my black walnut trees in Iowa.

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#4 posted 05-11-2017 03:01 PM

Nicely done. The live edge bar is a tasteful match to the rest of your work. Walnut is a great wood, and getting to harvest it yourself doubles the pleasure of working with it. Did you mill it yourself as well?

-- Jonathan 2Cor. 4:6

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#5 posted 05-11-2017 03:34 PM

I had the entire batch kiln dried and ended up with roughly 2000bf. Thanks for the comment.

The only thing you could have done more would be to have planted the trees 8^)

How long did you dry the slabs (air dry, kiln?). How many board feet did you get out of that load?

Walnut always makes a statement, excellent cabinets!

- splintergroup

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#6 posted 05-11-2017 03:55 PM

Wow very impressive. Just out of curiosity. How many board feet did it take ? Did you go all solid or mix in ply as well ? I always wanted to do my kitchen this way.

-- Nothing worth doing is easy ! (or simple)

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#7 posted 05-11-2017 04:00 PM

beautiful work

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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#8 posted 05-11-2017 04:13 PM

Cool post! From tree to finished product…great job!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#9 posted 05-11-2017 04:21 PM

Great build – tree to finish is a good feat to be proud of. You can never go wrong with black walnut IMHO.

But….ummm….me thinks you are better wth building than installing – unless maybe you were standing on your head taking pictures. :-)

Seriously – great job.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 05-11-2017 05:14 PM

Very impressive.

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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#11 posted 05-11-2017 05:20 PM

Something very satisfying about going fro tree to finished product.

-- Ted

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#12 posted 05-11-2017 05:34 PM

Excellent cabinets!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 05-11-2017 06:03 PM

This is some beautiful wood and wonderful cabinetry.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 05-11-2017 08:02 PM

The building supply had a bunch of black walnut, for 15$ a board foot, I had to search to find a usable 4 ft piece.
Most of it would be Ok for a dog house. You got allot of first class wood, to make a set of fantastic cabinets.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 05-11-2017 08:26 PM

Walnut is good wooden.

-- Mr Tuan, From

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