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Butternut

Juglans cinerea
Also known as |
Butternut|White Walnut
Butternut Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Known commonly by its nickname, “White Walnut” (a nickname which is well earned, as it is a member of the true walnut genus, Juglans), Butternut is considerably lighter and less dense than it’s walnut (Juglans genus) compatriots; combined with its light weight and low density and hardness, it is very easy to work. Courtesy of its fluted trunks, the lumber produced by Butternut trees can have some irregular, but visually-striking, grain patterns. Found throughout the Eastern United States, Butternut’s pleasant light tan coloration has gorgeous pastel look, and certain examples can exhibit a pink or reddish tint.

This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. That said, many Butternut trees in North America have been afflicted by a fungal disease known as “Butternut canker.” There has been a rapid decline in its population, prompting the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list it as a “species of federal concern.” The tree has received similar attention in Canada, also.

Why We Love This Wood

This is a very soft, easy-to-work wood. Despite its light weight and lack of density, it is a fairly durable wood, although like all Walnuts, the wood is susceptible to insect attack. Butternut's recent sharp decline in population could lead to this tree getting federal protection, as it already is receiving this attention from Canada. Like its Walnut cousins, the wood turns, glues and finishes well.

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    Main Color GroupLight Brown
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF2.3
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3435
    Janka Hardness - LBF490
    Janka Hardness - N2180
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    20 BF – Butternut
    PROJBUTTER1001
    1" x 4" x 48"

    20 BF Butternut project pack

    Lengths: 48″-92″ (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total)
    Widths: 4″ and wider
    Thickness: 4/4 nominal
    Grade: 1 common

    We S2S by default – surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4″ less than nominal thickness. (image is of S2S boards)
    You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.

    Note:
    Lead time is 3 working days.
    Ships free via UPS/USPS.

    $200.00

    20 BF – Butternut
    PROJBUTTER1001
    1" x 4" x 48"

    $200.00

    20 BF – Butternut
    1" x 4" x 48"
    PROJBUTTER1001

    $200.00

    Butternut
    BUTTER1071
    1" x 5.19" x 62.56"

    Knots, skip planed.

    $20.29

    Butternut
    BUTTER1071
    1" x 5.19" x 62.56"

    $20.29

    Butternut
    1" x 5.19" x 62.56"
    BUTTER1071

    $20.29

    Butternut
    BUTTER1070
    1.06" x 5.13" x 58.13"

    Knot, skip planed, bark inclusion.

    $18.64

    Butternut
    BUTTER1070
    1.06" x 5.13" x 58.13"

    $18.64

    Butternut
    1.06" x 5.13" x 58.13"
    BUTTER1070

    $18.64

    Butternut
    BUTTER1068
    1.06" x 5" x 57"

    Wormy. End crack. Bark inclusion.

    $17.81

    Butternut
    BUTTER1068
    1.06" x 5" x 57"

    $17.81

    Butternut
    1.06" x 5" x 57"
    BUTTER1068

    $17.81

    Butternut
    BUTTER1066
    1" x 5" x 51.69"

    Knot on edge.

    $17.77

    Butternut
    BUTTER1066
    1" x 5" x 51.69"

    $17.77

    Butternut
    1" x 5" x 51.69"
    BUTTER1066

    $17.77

    Butternut
    BUTTER1065
    1.06" x 6.06" x 56.38"

    Defects on edge. Knot deteriotation.

    $19.22

    Butternut
    BUTTER1065
    1.06" x 6.06" x 56.38"

    $19.22

    Butternut
    1.06" x 6.06" x 56.38"
    BUTTER1065

    $19.22

    Butternut
    BUTTER1064
    1.06" x 5.81" x 62.94"

    Wormy.

    $20.57

    Butternut
    BUTTER1064
    1.06" x 5.81" x 62.94"

    $20.57

    Butternut
    1.06" x 5.81" x 62.94"
    BUTTER1064

    $20.57

    Butternut
    BUTTER1055
    1" x 4" x 47.63"

    Indent.

    $13.10

    Butternut
    BUTTER1055
    1" x 4" x 47.63"

    $13.10

    Butternut
    1" x 4" x 47.63"
    BUTTER1055

    $13.10

    Butternut
    BUTTER1051
    1" x 7.06" x 42.13"

    Knot hole. Wormy.

    $16.73

    Butternut
    BUTTER1051
    1" x 7.06" x 42.13"

    $16.73

    Butternut
    1" x 7.06" x 42.13"
    BUTTER1051

    $16.73

    Butternut
    BUTTER1050
    1" x 4.81" x 43.81"

    Knots.

    $11.85

    Butternut
    BUTTER1050
    1" x 4.81" x 43.81"

    $11.85

    Butternut
    1" x 4.81" x 43.81"
    BUTTER1050

    $11.85

    Butternut
    BUTTER1049
    1" x 4.81" x 53.19"

    Knot, indent.

    $15.99

    Butternut
    BUTTER1049
    1" x 4.81" x 53.19"

    $15.99

    Butternut
    1" x 4.81" x 53.19"
    BUTTER1049

    $15.99

    Butternut
    BUTTER1048
    1" x 6" x 43.75"

    Indent.

    $18.05

    Butternut
    BUTTER1048
    1" x 6" x 43.75"

    $18.05

    Butternut
    1" x 6" x 43.75"
    BUTTER1048

    $18.05

    Butternut
    BUTTER1063
    1" x 6.75" x 50.06"

    Wormy. Defect on edge.

    $21.12

    Butternut
    BUTTER1063
    1" x 6.75" x 50.06"

    $21.12

    Butternut
    1" x 6.75" x 50.06"
    BUTTER1063

    $21.12

    Butternut
    BUTTER1062
    1" x 6.81" x 46.94"

    Surface defects. Wormy. Defects on edge.

    $17.98

    Butternut
    BUTTER1062
    1" x 6.81" x 46.94"

    $17.98

    Butternut
    1" x 6.81" x 46.94"
    BUTTER1062

    $17.98

    Butternut
    BUTTER1061
    1" x 6.06" x 48.88"

    Knots. Defect on edge.

    $18.51

    Butternut
    BUTTER1061
    1" x 6.06" x 48.88"

    $18.51

    Butternut
    1" x 6.06" x 48.88"
    BUTTER1061

    $18.51

    Butternut

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    Osage Orange - Argentine

    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange. 

    The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects. 

    It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

    Common Uses:
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    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central American wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
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    Alder

    Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well.

    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, lutherie, millwork, musical Instruments
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