Basswood » Tilia americana

Why Basswood?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics


Basswood is the wood of choice for many wood carvers. This light weight wood works very easily with both hand and power tools. It cuts cleanly, nails, screws, and glues well, though sanding leaves the surface woolly. Can be painted, stained, and finished without difficulty.
color of Basswood

Color Range

Creamy white to very light brown.
other names for Basswood

Other Names

American basswood, American lime, American linden, Basswood, Beetree, Beetree linden, Carolina linden, Florida basswood, Florida linden, Limetree, Linden, Linn, White basswood
uses for Basswood

Some Typical Uses

Carving, turning, pattern making, boxes, crates
the Basswood tree

What's the Tree Like?

A large tree with a long trunk. Matures with a height of 60-100 feet and a trunk diameter of 24-36". The Basswood tree grows in North America
map of where this wood grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
-34.92% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-68.22% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
-37.50% less dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Basswood:

General Workability
Easy 1/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

Basswood Hardwood Sample

Basswood Hardwood Sample

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Basswood 4/4 Lumber

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