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 antique Walnut as soon as the piece of furniture is made. Butternut is also easy to carve and used in pieces of furniture when carvings will be applied.

Domestic Hardwood: Butternut Wood


Origin of Wood TypeEastern U.S.
Botanical NameJuglans Cinerea
Specific Gravity.36
Avg. Weight Per BF2.7 lbs
Color RangeLight brown to tan
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon, but disease is affecting supply
Typical Avg. Width5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor25%
Wood UsesAll woodworking applications and carving
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names White Walnut, Butternut