Tropical Walnut » Juglans neotropica

Why Tropical Walnut?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics


Texture is rather coarse; luster high; grain straight to irregular. Works well, cutting cleanly with hand and machine tools. Takes an excellent finish. Similar to American Black Walnut, but usually darker and benefits from the lack of pale sapwood.
color of Tropical Walnut

Color Range

Dark chocolate brown sometimes with a purple cast.
other names for Tropical Walnut

Other Names

Nogal, Peruvian Walnut, Tropical Walnut
uses for Tropical Walnut

Some Typical Uses

Decorative veneers, furniture, cabinetwork, interior finish.
the Tropical Walnut tree

What's the Tree Like?

Mostly up to 60 feet in height with diameters up to 36"; sometimes free from branches for 30 feet but more frequently clear to 10-15 feet. The Tropical Walnut tree grows in Latin America
map of where this wood grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
16.48% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-25.58% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
1.56% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Tropical Walnut:

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Video Tutorial

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