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Basswood has a pale white to light brown color, with sap and heartwood sections not clearly defined. Growth rings tend to be subtle, and color is mostly uniform throughout the face grain of the wood. Knots and other defects are uncommon. The texture of the grain is straight, with a fine, even texture and moderate natural luster. Easy to work, being very soft and light. Perhaps one of the most suitable wood species for hand carvin. Though Basswood has high initial shrinkage, the wood is stable in service after it has been dried.

Even though the wood is both lightweight and soft, it has an outstanding MOE-to-weight ratio. Can be used for carvings, lumber, musical instruments (electric guitar bodies), veneer, plywood, and wood pulp and fiber products.

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Facts Basswood

Botanical name: Tilia americana
Origin: Eastern North America
Weight: about 400 kg/m3
Moisture Content: 8-10 %
Janka hardness: 410
Modulus of rupture: 32.6 MPa
Bending strength: 1230
Modulus of elasticity: 14.31 GPa
Shrinkage: 15,8


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