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05-06-2019 10:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

I see that Home Depot has walnut boards for about the same price as the red oak I was planning on using for a sliding-desktop desk like the one below. (That one’s oak ply w/Douglass fir legs, but the design is the same.)

Is walnut too brittle? The shelves and desktop are going to be edge-joined.

TIA

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#1 posted 05-06-2019 10:45 PM

My first thought is Home Depot has walnut? Second thought… that walnut isn’t going to be straight or flat.

But in answer to your question, walnut would be great for a desk. It’s a little softer than oak, so a desktop pad would be good. Structurally though, walnut is great. Easy to work with too.

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#2 posted 05-06-2019 11:42 PM

Great, thanks.

Their hardwood boards are fine, actually. It’s not like their plywood.

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#3 posted 05-07-2019 12:20 AM



Great, thanks.

Their hardwood boards are fine, actually. It’s not like their plywood.

- nickbatz

One thing is check for twist and bow etc. When people rummage through they leave them all scattered etc. Otherwise its not too much more than the hardwood store.

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#4 posted 05-07-2019 12:48 AM

They tend to be cheaper than a lumberyard. If I remember right, 1×8s are about $8/ft.

But yeah, Home Depot’s inconsistent supply of walnut boards is why I’m a little nervous about offering it as an option to the person I’m building the desk for. I know they always have decent oak (and for that matter maple) boards in stock, but their selection of good walnut boards isn’t a sure thing.

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#5 posted 05-07-2019 12:50 AM

walnut is a pleasure to work with. it planes like butter. it’s easy on router bits, very little end grain tear out. doesn’t splinter when cutting dove tails. and it’s a beautiful wood.

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#6 posted 05-07-2019 12:54 AM

Good to know. Thanks.

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#7 posted 05-07-2019 01:20 AM

Walnut seems like a fine choice, but Home Depot is probably the most expensive place to buy it.

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#8 posted 05-07-2019 12:48 PM



Great, thanks.

Their hardwood boards are fine, actually. It’s not like their plywood.

- nickbatz

if theyre all stood on end, site down them. i havent seen one stick of walnut or oak at the local HD that isnt bowed end to end from standing on end for months upon months.

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#9 posted 05-07-2019 12:49 PM


They tend to be cheaper than a lumberyard. If I remember right, 1×8s are about $8/ft.

- nickbatz

thats $8 a linear foot. now figure out the board foot price with that. thats about $16/bd ft off the top of my head.

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#10 posted 05-07-2019 12:58 PM

They tend to be cheaper than a lumberyard. If I remember right, 1×8s are about $8/ft.

- nickbatz

thats $8 a linear foot. now figure out the board foot price with that. thats about $16/bd ft off the top of my head.

- tomsteve

Yep, its quite a bit higher than an actual hardwood store in my area. It is around $16/bf, but they don’t have 1×8s near me, only 1×4 and 1×3 last time I went. My local hardwood shop runs around $11/bf, but they usually have “shorts” for around $7-8/bf

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#11 posted 05-07-2019 12:59 PM

My local HD doesn’t stock walnut, but it can be ordered from the website. 1in x 6in x 8ft boards are $89.10. That’s over $22 per board foot! I pay $6.50/bf at my local saw mill.

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#12 posted 05-07-2019 06:58 PM

Thanks for all the replies – I appreciate it as always. This forum is a great resource.

I’m in Los Angeles, so the prices are going to be different – higher for most things, but sometimes lower.

HD does have a good stock of oak boards at every location I’ve been to. But since this is a few hundred dollars’ worth of wood – and it comes out of my profit! – believe me, I’ll shop around.

Also, this will be the first time I edge-joint the desktop (the others I’ve made are plywood), so believe me even more that I’m not going to buy warped boards!

(And I admit to being just a little bit too excited that I get to use the beautifully restored Davis & Wells 1940s vintage jointer I picked up a few months ago… :) )

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#13 posted 05-07-2019 07:10 PM


They tend to be cheaper than a lumberyard. If I remember right, 1×8s are about $8/ft.

- nickbatz

thats $8 a linear foot. now figure out the board foot price with that. thats about $16/bd ft off the top of my head.

- tomsteve

Yep, its quite a bit higher than an actual hardwood store in my area. It is around $16/bf, but they don’t have 1×8s near me, only 1×4 and 1×3 last time I went. My local hardwood shop runs around $11/bf, but they usually have “shorts” for around $7-8/bf

- SMP


yeah shorts are usually always cheaper and for a desk it would probably work fine.what area of l.a. are you in.im in the southbay area and i get my hardwoods from hudson and west in torrance,great people and will get you anything you want.

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#14 posted 05-07-2019 08:28 PM

I’m in Sherman Oaks.

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#15 posted 05-07-2019 09:39 PM



I m in Sherman Oaks.

- nickbatz


yeah thats probably further than you want to go.they normally have shorts that are about 4-6 ft for around 8 bucks a bd ft and excellent quality.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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