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Nuts about Walnut

Works like a dream
Gun cabinet
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Not only is this cabinet (WOOD,
Sept. 2008
) made of walnut, but
most of the gunstocks are as well.
Walnut's weight and elasticity lessen
recoil, and its ease of carving makes
it a favorite for checkering grips and

Works like a dream

Though relatively hard, walnut won't put undue strain on your machinery or muscles when hand-working it. And it holds crisp details from a router bit, carving knife, or other cutting tools.

For walnut glue-ups, pick up a bottle of dark glue, such as Titebond II Dark Wood Glue (, 800-669-4583), to minimize the appearance of joint lines.

Though walnut produces a distinct sweet smell, don't inhale too much. Walnut dust can irritate lungs and nasal passages, with some woodworkers reporting a severe allergic reaction. So use adequate dust collection and supplement it with a respirator or dust mask.

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