|Basswood is creamy-white to a pale pinkish-brown. It has straight grain and a fine, even texture. There is not much contrast between early and late wood zones.
Weight is about 26lbs per cu. ft.
|American Lime, American Whitewood, American Linden, Whitewood, Lime
|This wood is light and soft, and as such it is weak. It has poor steam bending characteristics and low strength properties.
|Works very easily with hand and power tools. It has a low resistance to cutting and only a slight blunting effect on cutters. Nails, screws, and glues well. Can be stained and polished easily.
|Non-durable. Logs are susceptible to attack by longhorn beetle. Sapwood susceptible to attack by common furniture beetle. Permeable for preservative treatment.
|Basswood dries rapidly with little degradation or warping. Small movement.
|Carving, drawing boards, pattern making, mallet heads, turning, picture framing, toys, constructional veneer and plywood, boxes, and crates.
|Being odor free, it is often used for food containers.