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