A few wood species, such as white oak, have especially prominent rays. This wood may also feature pin knots and mineral streaks. I'm building a live-edge around-the-room shelf around the perimeter of the sun room in the house we just bought, and they will be used to set plants on. Walnut & Oak finish comparison: Boiled linseed oil (BLO) vs. Tru-Oil, plus rottenstone grain filler Submitted by Dan on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 16:27 I'm getting ready to finish some walnut live-edge slabs and I wanted to test some different finishes and techniques on a scrap piece first. To use it as a grain filler, I poured a dab of oil (BLO in this photo) and sprinkled on a little rottenstone power. Oak is renowned for its dramatically pronounced grain pattern. Hand sanding with the grain is the best way to massage this hardwood into bringing out its beautiful grain, working with progressively finer grits of sandpaper as you go. Over Time American Walnut Will lighten and Brazilian Walnut Will Redden, Oiled, Brushed and Oiled, UV Lacquered, Smoked, Unfinished, MON-FRI 08:00-18:30 / SAT 10:00-16:30 / SUN 11:00-16:00 / BANK HOLIDAYS 10:00-15:30. When quartersawn, these produce silver grain. Even when hand-selecting quarter sawn walnut veneers; quarter sawn walnut is not just a different color of rift cut oak. Durability is dependent on age; ranges from slightly softer than oak to similar hardness as oak: Walnut: Rich deep color with delicate grain and lots of character: Very versatile: casual to formal: Natural color is deep chocolate brown: Accepts statin readily: 22% softer than red oak: Wenge: Traditional to formal: Very versatile: casual to formal This pattern varies from tight, vertical grain to a beautifully arched pattern. I'm getting ready to finish some walnut live-edge slabs and I wanted to test some different finishes and techniques on a scrap piece first. The next morning and in diffused sunlight: Wow! Very durable and strong, oak accepts stains evenly and is easy to work with. Western red cedar, redwood, cypress, poplar and aspen have straight grain. Red Oak>> This hardwood is one of the most popular species used today. Oak: Walnut: Strength: Very Strong: Extremely Strong: Shade: Available In Natural and Rural Look: Over Time American Walnut Will lighten and Brazilian Walnut Will Redden: Finish Availability: Oiled, Brushed and Oiled, UV Lacquered, Smoked, Unfinished: Oiled, Brushed and Oiled, UV Lacquered, Smoked, Unfinished: Price: Excellent Value For Money: Slightly More Expensive Then I lightly buffed with a paper towel to remove excess. COVID-19 Update | Online and phone orders, samples, as well as, deliveries are operating normally. The BLO added a lot more color. ASH: Ash has a natural light yellow hue with a distinctive grain pattern throughout. I did this to all the cells in the bottom row in the grid I made on the test board. You can see this is the bottom left corner where rottenstone was applied with water and no oil at all. White oak and beech are relatively straight, while elm can be figured. However, and not many people know this, it can also be used as a dark, natural grain filler. After doing this a few times I learned that it was much easier just to mix it up and spread it around with my finger. Our Showroom will be available for pre-book meeting only and under COVID-19 restrictions. Walnut is 22% softer than red oak and 26% more stable. The natural graining of ash is a creamy white hue, which makes daily wear and scratching less noticeable. The one on the bottom left, I filled the grain with rottenstone but used water instead of oil. And while rift cut oak does typically have very straight grain lines, plain sliced walnut, on the other hand, can get all over the board with burls and knots and… well, character! These are known as figured grain. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Walnut can have some amazing grain patterns that, while quite dark, can be extremely attractive when finished properly. You can also see that, on walnut, BLO darkened the wood just a wee bit more than the Tru Oil, but both darkened it quite a lot compared to the unfinished wood. COVID-19 Update | Online and phone orders, samples, as well as, deliveries are operating normally. It's like it has a grey film on top of it. Our Showroom will be available for pre-book meeting only and under COVID-19 restrictions. Ash is 2% harder than red oak and 26% more stable. Walnut can range from straight-grained to patterned.