Basswood

Tilia americana - is a light and soft type of wood which is easily worked and very stable. Basswood has white softwood, and light reddish brown heartwood. It has a closed, indistinct grain pattern. Basswood grows throughout the Northeastern USA. It represents 5-8% of the volume of timber in lumber production.

 

General Information

Uses Availability Price
Blind slats, musical instruments, containers, woodenware, novelties, furniture. Generally available in thicknesses 4/4
through 12/4.
Inexpensive.

Relative Working Properties

Machining Resistance to splitting in nailing Resistance to splitting in screwing Gluing
Very Good Excellent Good Very Good

Physical Properties

Specific gravity (12% m.c.) Average shipping weight kilograms (kg) per cubic metre (m3) air dry Average volumetric shrinkage (oven dry % of green) Modulus of rupture (kilopascals) Modulus of elasticity (megapascals) Side hardness (newtons)
0.37 381 15.8 60000 10100 1800

Domestic Hardwood Lumber Catalog

Alder

Alder

Basswood

Basswood

Beech

Beech

Black Walnut

Black Walnut

Cherry

Cherry

Hard Maple

Hard Maple

Hickory

Hickory

Red Elm

Red Elm

Red Oak

Red Oak

Soft Maple

Soft Maple

White Ash

White Ash

White Oak

White Oak

Yellow Birch

Yellow Birch

Yellow Poplar

Yellow Poplar