Basswood // Tilia americana

Basswood lumber wood, Tilia americana lumber for woodworking
"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".
Basswood grows in North America
map of where Basswood grows
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