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What is a good dark substitute foe walnut for planking?

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Pear, cherry are both nice woods. Even boxwood, swiss pear or maple.  I guess it depends on the effect you want.

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I will certainly try Cherry or Pear for planking in another project, so far the walnut has worked just fine for me, both bending and splicing.

Having a neighbor with Cherry and Pear, Apple orchard close by, gonna make sure to get some of the wood for kiln drying and cutting next year.



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I agree on Walnut being brittle. Especially if cutting for planks, etc..I guess the question is, "what other dark woods are there?". Any wood can be stained dark. If you're thinking of celebrating a woods characteristics rather than covering it up, then look to African woods.


Wenge, is a dark dense wood with interesting contrast in it's grain.


Bublinga, has variuos tones of reds to almost black. Works well. it's used for instruments and fine woodworking from the smallest details to the largest projects. (this is one of my favorites)

There are others, but these are the two that stick out to me. In fact, i'm going to incorporate Bublinga into my current build ;)


Of course there's Ebony, but for many reasons, you're better off ebonizing Boxwood in my opinion.



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You could even consider an inexpensive wood called popular (populus spp. - this 'spp' means various species) which grows in Europe and North America.  Cottonwood is a close relative (populus deltoides).  These are white in color, tending toward grey, sometimes with pinkish brown and greenish streaks.  Both are medium weight and medium hard and tend to fuzz up like basswood so finishing is more involved.


However, both take stains, paint and glue very well, are widely available as above and in North America the costs are low.  As long as you are staining or painting, then these might work well for you.  As with most woods, avoid breathing the dust and wear eye protection.  These woods are not considered toxic, unless you are sensitized. 


Other names for popular:  peuplier in France, Pappel in Germany, and many others of related species. 


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I just bought a pew pieces of Wenge at our exotic woods store and the owner told me that it is easy to make this type of wood look almost as black ebony, not only that but it is a very dark king of wood and over time it wood turn even darker look at some Rosewoods, and sinker cypruss wood. I have posted our stores web site. It is listed in the wood selection on pg. 3


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