Basswood 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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4.8
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4 (2)
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87.5%
Basswood 8/4 Lumber

$4.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $4.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $3.74 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details
  1. Enter your finished dimensions
  2. Tap "Add to List"
  3. Repeat for as many sizes as you need
  4. Add to cart when you're ready
Recommended Board Feet:
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About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

Basswood lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

4" to 10" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S. Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project..
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

Be the king of carving with basswood! It's soft and formable, largely free of defects with a creamy white to yellow color.

About Basswood (Tilia americana)

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Weight

2.33

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

410

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

0.4

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

General Workability
Easy 1/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

map of where Basswood tree grows
Basswood is a domestic wood from North America

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.
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".
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

Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

16
Ratings Snapshot
4.8
out of 5
5 (13)
4 (2)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
87.5%
4.8
out of 5
5 (13)
4 (2)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
87.5%
16 Total Reviews
May 16, 2020
5 out of 5
Steve
Review by  Steve from Kentucky
I have placed two orders, one for 8/4 cherry the second for 8/4 basswood. Both were delivered in a timely manner and the products were more than satisfactory. I have placed a 3rd order for 1/2” cherry and I expect this will also be of similar quality. Prices were competitive and when I called the company with questions they were both congenial and helpful.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 2, 2020
5 out of 5
Basswood order was a Great Experience
Review by  Bryan from Texarkana, Texas
These guys took time to help guide me through my order (I'm a noobie) and when the wood showed up it was packaged properly and the grade was suburb.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
February 1, 2020
5 out of 5
Whittling and power carving
Review by  Bif from
I use this for basswood carvings. Good wood.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
September 6, 2019
5 out of 5
Libra/Equinox project
Review by  Tom from St. Augustine, FL
The basswood I received is perfect in every way, clear, straight and true. It arrived on time, expertly packaged and exactly as specified in the order.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 9, 2019
3 out of 5
Nice stock, but not best for 3D CNC
Review by  Scott from Denver
Order was prepared precisely to my specifications, packed very well, and arrived timely without damage. The stock was 95% clear throughout, and I had no trouble avoiding the imperfections. I use a CNC machine to 3D carve solid bodies (eg, models), and this was the first time using this species. Probably not best for this purpose. 1. It is a bit fibrous, clogging up the router vacuum. 2. It leaves a furry finished surface in some grain bands.
Verified Buyer
March 5, 2019
5 out of 5
Great Customer Service
Review by  Floki66 from Rock Hill, SC
Beautiful piece of basswood! Perfectly cut with No blemishes!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
16 Total Reviews
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What's 4/4, 8/4, 12/4, etc.?
Understanding hardwood lumber starts right here with these wacky fractions.
Lumber Grades Explained
If you're expecting perfect clear lumber 100% of the time, you're in for a surprise. Here's a summary of the hardwood lumber grades and what to expect from them.
3 Steps To Figure Out How Much Lumber You Need
Board feet isn't your everyday kind of math, but these three simple steps make it easy to figure out your project.
Project Planner Worksheet
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