Basswood for trim

prstarMarch 28, 2008

I am trying to decide what to use for casing my doors, base and windows. My doors are cvg fir and I want a contrast from them. I will be using a clear satin finish. Has anyone used basswood for this purpose, and what were the results?

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HandyMac

Basswood is usually used for carving. It has little grain characteristics and is very bland. It is, IMHO, too soft for trim.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 8:08PM
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shutterland

Basswood is a great source of wood used when making interior window shutters as well as constructing drafting tables, broom handles, carvings, turnings, furniture, mouldings, millwork, musical instruments, woodenware, food containers, and surfboards.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 12:51PM
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green-zeus

Another suggestion is yellow poplar. Poplar stains very similar to pine and it might give you the look you want. It's not as soft as basswood.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2008 at 3:50PM
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