Heidler Hardwood Lumber

Basswood

Thickness Grade Footage
4/4" Select & FAS 1940
4/4" #1 Common 5670
4/4" #2 Common 3420
5/4" Select & FAS  
5/4" #1 Common 1100
5/4" #2 Common 275
6/4" Select & FAS 0
6/4" #1 Common 350
8/4" Select & FAS 470
8/4" #1 Common 0
10/4" Select & FAS 0
10/4" #1 Common 500
12/4" Select & FAS 0
12/4" #2 Common 200
16/4" Select & FAS 0
16/4" #1 Common 0

Specie Information

    Tilia americana
    Other Name: Linden

    The name comes from its inner bark, or bast, used by Native Americans to make rope.

    DISTRIBUTION
    Principally the Northern and Lake states.

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION
    The sapwood of basswood is usually quite large and creamy white in color, merging into the heartwood which is pale to reddish brown, sometimes with darker streaks. The wood has a fine uniform texture and indistinct grain that is straight.

    WORKING PROPERTIES
    Basswood machines well and is easy to work with hand tools making it a premier carving wood. It nails, screws, and glues fairly well and can be sanded, and stained, to a good smooth finish. It dries fairly rapidly with little distortion or degrade. It has fairly high shrinkage but good dimensional stability when dry.

    PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
    The wood is light and soft with generally low strength properties and a poor steam-bending classification.

    AVAILABILITY
    Reasonable availability.

    MAIN USES
    Carvings, turnings, furniture, pattern-making, mouldings, millwork and musical instruments. An important specialized use is Venetian blinds and shutters.

    RELATIVE ABUNDANCE
    Together, aspen, basswood, cottonwood, elm, gum, hackberry, sassafras, sycamore and willow represent 12.5 percent of commercially available U.S. hardwoods.

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