Basswood

beech-wood

Basswood (Tilia americana) Ratings 1 to 5 (best)

Basswood (Tilia americana) Ratings 1 to 5 (best)
  • Maching

    5

  • Nailing

    4

  • Screwing

    4

  • Gluing

    2

  • Finishing

    5

Available Sizes

  • 4/4 through 8/4 - SEl&Btr

Distribution

Throughout the Eastern U.S., commercial concentration is in the Central and Middle Atlantic states.

General Description

Beech works readily with most hand and machine tools. It has good nailing and gluing properties and can be stained to a good finish. The wood dries fairly rapidly but with a strong tendency to warp, spit, and surface check. It is subject to high shrinkage and moderate movement in performance. 

Availability

Limited

Working Properties

Beech works readily with most hand and machine tools. It has good nailing and gluing properties and can be stained to a good finish. The wood dries fairly rapidly but with a strong tendency to warp, split, and surface check. It is subject to high shrinkage and moderate movement in performance.

Physical Properties

Beech is classed as heavy, hard, strong, high in resistance to shock, and highly suitable for steam bending. Good resistance to abrasive wear.

Main Uses

Carvings, turnings, furniture, pattern-making, moulding, millwork, and musical instruments. An important specialized use is Venetian blinds and shutters.