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Old 07-22-2010, 08:57 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to build shutter for the exterior of my home. Seeing how Al Gore has released the Krackin on the gulf coast in the from of hurricanes. I'm going to be building functional shutters. One of the accent colors is a sort of chocolate. So in trying to go along with this as well as using seal-able stain-able lumber in its natural coloration I was thinking of using kli dried black walnut, but not to sure of it's longevity when exposed to the exterminates of the outside elements. It's going to be a some what pricey job and want to send my money wisely. Will be attaching photos of house. Also will be looking for hardware that's reasonable price. Thanks for reading.


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Black walnut is a pricey lumber normally used for interior furniture. I have never seen it used for exterior shutters, not to say it would not work if you use enough coats of exterior varnish, but it is a very dark wood, and a curious choice for a house. My shutters are painted white, pretty traditional, made of pine.

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For exterior, things like teak and cypress come to mind, instead of walnut.
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In your neck of the woods,Cyprus was always the wood of choice. I've never seen walnut used out doors---might work.

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I have done some research and have found companies that do sale black walnut shutters, but they are rare. My thinking is that it's was too pricey for the market to support. I'm wanting to use it so I can seal it in it's natural state matching accents. Attached link with house pictures.
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To keep prices in line--look for small local mills or wood cutters.

I paid $2.00 a board foot for old growth walnut at a mill in Wisconsin.(200 foot lot)
Super good deal.

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To keep prices in line--look for small local mills or wood cutters.

I paid $2.00 a board foot for old growth walnut at a mill in Wisconsin.(200 foot lot)
Super good deal.

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I used to buy form the Mennonites in Maryland. Oak, hickory and the like went for $2/bdft s4s. Bird's eye and cheery went for $4/bdft s4s. They had a 36" belt sander. I would take my bigger glue-ups to them and they would run them on 3 grits fro $4 ea. The good old days.
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I've gotten some beautiful cherry in Michigan--I love the small mills. On trip netted 300 bdf at $360 total

----The load had been out doors under a tarp--good deal because the moisture count was up a bit.
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I can get the black walnut for $2bf. My concern is how well will it hold up in the exterior extremes of south west Louisiana. Warping, cracking, rotting....
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I've never seen walnut used for exterior, nor would I ever thought of it, but if there's a company selling them, I guess they must be okay. From your pictures, it looks like they won't be exposed to rain (unless it's driven), so sun and humidity will be the two main issue. I imagine if you seal them really well and do so every couple years you should be okay.

If you can get the material for $2, why not go for it?

Incidentally, the Krackin in the form of a hurricane will not harm your shutters, but Al Gore in the form of a randy former VP might.
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I'm actually looking to put shutter all the way around house. With only 2 windows on west side and the one shown in picture facing south un-sheltered.
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i think spanish cedar would be a good choice
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I just googled exterior walnut shutters and there were all sorts of hits. I clicked on a couple and they appear legit. It looks like they are being routinely produced, which indicates to me that walnut is a suitable shutter material.
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I've seen 'm just looking for first hand experience..

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