It is sometimes called White Walnut. The trees are native to the eastern United States from Tennessee and western North Carolina north to southern Ontario and Quebec.
Butternut wood is light in weight and takes polish well, is highly rot resistant, but is much softer than black walnut wood. Heartwood is usually a light to medium tan, sometimes with a reddish tint. Growth rings are darker and form fairly distinct grain patterns. Sapwood is a pale yellowish white. Oiled, the grain of the wood usually shows much light.
Butternut is easily worked with both hand and machine tools. It is an extremely soft wood. Butternut has a tendency to leave some fuzzy surfaces after planing or sanding. Sharp cutters and fine-grit sandpaper is recommended. Butternut glues, stains, and and takes a rich, lustrous finish. Its open grain may require some filling prior to finishing.
It is often used to make furniture and is a favorite of woodcarvers, also used in mill work and for veneer
Widths: 4" to 8"
Lengths: Mostly 8'
Surfacing: Skip planed
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