As a floor option, walnut is one of the most difficult options out there. It's just over one-third harder than white oak, more than twenty-five percent harder than hard maple, just forty points softer than Purpleheart's 1860 rating, and just under eighty-three percent harder than the 2200 of Santos mahogany. However, the term hardwood does not necessarily refer to a hardwood. Hardwood trees are characterized by their broad leaves rather than their thin needles.
We've talked about hardwoods and their differences in previous articles, and if you need a refresher, you'll find them here and here. The Janka scale is used to determine the relative hardness of certain domestic or exotic wood species. The Janka test measures the amount of force required to embed a 0.444 steel ball in wood to half its diameter. Higher rated woods are harder than lower-rated woods.
The scale used in the table is the force in pounds. Walnut cake is one of my favorites, hot and crunchy, with those nuts on top, sticky and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream that melts on the sides of the slice. The increased availability and inventory of walnuts are what make walnuts less expensive, a cheaper alternative to other hardwoods. Pecan is a species of American walnut, although botanically they are divided into true walnut and pecan walnut, the latter the one that bears fruit.
Speaking of a walnut dining set, and to illustrate the warm tones and tones, the reddish, the yellowish, the light and dark brown, watch this video to see a beautiful walnut table.