Butternut: Domestic Hardwood

Butternut lumber resembles walnut in grain structure but is lighter in color. Butternut is often used in antique reproduction furniture to resemble old walnut that has faded in color over the years.

Butternut will resemble that “antique walnut” right away when the piece of furniture is made. Butternut is also easy to carve and used in pieces of furniture when carvings will be applied.

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Characteristics

Origin of Wood Type Eastern U.S.
Botanical Name Juglans Cinerea
Specific Gravity .36
Avg. Weight Per BF 2.7 lbs
Color Range Light brown to tan
Rarity / Availability Common, but disease is affecting supply
Typical Avg. Width 5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length 8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor 25%
Wood Uses All woodworking applications and carving
Lumber Grades FAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names White Walnut, Butternut

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