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Walnut Veneer? Plain or quarter sawn? Need serious help please

Posted by thedork (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 19, 13 at 17:03

I am going to die... I need to make a decision soon and I can't.

I have a sample cabinet door and one side is quarter-sawn walnut but looks very light, the other side is plain-sawn walnut looking darker. I like the darker better but I worry how busy the grain will be. I am going to pick my veneers from the lumberyard with the cabinet maker.

The quarter-sawn walnut grain is more subtle but very light compare to the plain sawn one. The color on the plain sawn one is richer and has a lot of depth.

Please share your thoughts - how did you make a decision when you picked your veneer?

The grain will go vertically on my cabinets. Would it be easier to match the grain with the quarter-sawn one? I guess yes.

Or should I try some custom stain ( very light ) that will keep the natural color of the quarter-sawn walnut to make it a little bit darker.

I guess my only concern is how wild dramatic the grain on the plain-sawn one can be. I don't need something super big and crazy as a grain but would love the darkness of the plain one.

My space is small 10x13 which I need to consider when I'll make my final decision.

Thank you!


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RE: Walnut Veneer? Plain or quarter sawn? Need serious help pleas

My walnut chairs were pretty light in color (and had a pinkish green cast)--but they darken rather quickly.


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RE: Walnut Veneer? Plain or quarter sawn? Need serious help pleas

Hmmm, I think the walnut goes lighter with time not darker - thanks Palimpsest!

This is my dilemma - if I go with the lighter quarter sawn - am I risking more fading than the darker plain sawn?


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RE: Walnut Veneer? Plain or quarter sawn? Need serious help pleas

Most wood mellows or darkens over time. I can't think of a time I have seen walnut get lighter.

I enjoy your questions. I'm considering walnut cabinets, and think about the look of the grain quite a bit too.

Isn't quarter sawn by default a tighter grain? So I would think it would have less of that wild look.


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RE: Walnut Veneer? Plain or quarter sawn? Need serious help pleas

We had a built in china cabinet in our dining room, which we removed when we remodeled (the wall housing it was removed). It had lightened a fair amount in the 30 years it was there, something I never noticed until we took it apart when we moved it. In addition, we have a walnut wall, mantle and hearth in the living room and that has also lightened.


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RE: Walnut Veneer? Plain or quarter sawn? Need serious help pleas

Thank you all for taking the time to share your experience!


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RE: Walnut Veneer? Plain or quarter sawn? Need serious help pleas

I love walnut. If I live long enough to do another kitchen (not likely I will be 60 in Sept), it will be walnut. I just love the richness of it. My staircase is done in oak and walnut and I haven't noticed any lightening of the wood. It may be the sealant that is on it.

I really think that your heart is telling you to go with the plain sawn so go with what you love. Whatever you decide you will love it!


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