Butternut Lumber is one domestic hardwood that we offer here at AdvantageLumber.com
Butternut Lumber has a Janka hardness of 490, which deems it a soft wood. This makes it a great wood for carving because it shows its beautiful color and grain pattern. Butternut heartwood is chestnut brown with darker areas, while its sapwood is white. It is sometimes referred to as ‘white walnut’ because it resembles black walnut, just not as dark.
Woodcarvers favor Butternut lumber because it carves easily without being brittle.For being such a soft wood, Butternut is a versatile wood. It is also used for furniture, interior trim, boxes, crates, paneling, and veneer.
This is due to the quality of the wood. Butternut is a relatively light weight wood, which makes it easy to work with. It has good nailing and screwing properties. It glues, stains, and finishes well. It also holds up to hand and power tools, but make sure the cutters are sharp since it’s a soft wood.