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Forum topic by robdem posted 07-10-2013 11:58 PM 867 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2013 11:58 PM

Bought some butternut about year ago going to make a project out of it . But have never used it before just wondering if anybody has used it before and what if any problems to look out for . Also how do i finish it what works best . Thanks for the help Rob

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 12:58 AM

Butternut is light weight and pretty soft. It’s got kind of a rustic look with random brownish streaks. It works well…no real “gotcha’s” other than it dings easily. Not a good choice for a table top that’ll see lots of use, but makes for a nice interior door.

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 01:48 AM

Butternut is one fo my favorite carving woods.
Carves as easily as basswood or linden.

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 01:51 AM

Has a distinctive odor when you cut it. Unless your tools are very sharp it’s hard to get a clean crosscut. But, it’s soft so easy to sand.

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#4 posted 07-11-2013 10:06 PM

Thanks for help guys will post pics of project when done going to be a wall hanging quilt rack.

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