High Character Walnut 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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3.8
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5 (2)
4 (1)
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1 (0)
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60%
High Character Walnut 4/4 Lumber

$8.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $8.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $6.74 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
Read this for more info

Board Foot Cheat Sheet
Learn How To Estimate Lumber Needs

Choose The Right Type of Walnut for You
Compare The 3 Types We Offer

comparing natural wlanut lumber

Natural Walnut

- Abundant color mix
- At least 83% clear
- The most economical walnut
comparing high character wlanut lumber

High Character Walnut

- Wide widths
- Sound, tight knots & cracks
- 90%+ heartwood 1 face
comparing premium wlanut lumber

Premium Walnut

- 90%+ heartwood 1 face
- Minimal knots
- High-demand color spec

About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

High Character Walnut lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

8" to 10" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S. Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

About High Character Walnut (Juglans nigra)

View All High Character Walnut Products
Weight

3.33

lbs /Bd. Ft.
-6.98% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

1010

Janka Rating
-21.71% softer than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.59

Specific Gravity
-7.81% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

map of where High Character Walnut tree grows
High Character Walnut is a domestic wood from North America

Here's our special selection that delivers beautiful wide widths, heavy brown color, and a lineup of nature's gifts such as unique knots, swirling grain patterns, and cracks

color of High Character Walnut
Color Range
90%+ heartwood on 1 side
the High Character Walnut tree
What's The Tree Like?
A moderate sized tree reaching about 100 feet and producing a trunk up to 60" in diameter.
other names for High Character Walnut
Other Names
American black walnut, American Walnut, Black Walnut, Eastern black walnut
uses for High Character Walnut
Some Typical Uses
Gun stocks, musical instruments, fine furniture, cabinetry, flooring.

Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
3.8
out of 5
5 (2)
4 (1)
3 (1)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
60%
3.8
out of 5
5 (2)
4 (1)
3 (1)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
60%
5 Total Reviews
  • 1
May 11, 2020
5 out of 5
Love it...
Review by  The Steve from La Pine, Or.
High Character? Heck yes! Only bought one short board for a small project but it looks great. Board had a pretty good size knot centered in top half, or bottom, and a split, with bug burrows, with some minor wood loss on the other end which looked like it had some charring. Do not believe it was but had the blackened color on the edges of the split. Changed its color to a deep dark brown with a semi gloss finish. The dark natural colors around the knot and the split look even darker black than before the stains and contrast just enough with the dark brown to look like an old board. I really like the way it turned out and would recommend this wood for an old distressed look to your projects.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
February 10, 2020
5 out of 5
Review
Review by  Bill from Colorado
Very nice quality material
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 24, 2020
4 out of 5
walnut lumber
Review by  steve from colorado
very happy with the lumber that was sent to me.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
November 23, 2019
3 out of 5
Re-sawing 4/4 lumber
Review by  Bob from Cando, North Dakota
I found two or three large knots that protruded through the one 4/4 I received. I also had a bad experience re-sawing the board, some of the problem was a bad re-saw blade, but overhaul I could not keep the blade from going off center. I did manage to salvage a few nice pieces. Im going to look for some home grown walnut, and re-saw that. Thanks for your fast delivery & service, and I may try another order, just to see if I get better quality lumber.
Verified Buyer
October 18, 2019
2 out of 5
Owner
Review by  Anonymous 
Lots of knots and cracks.
Verified Buyer
5 Total Reviews
  • 1
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