The characterstics of basswood and how to finish it.

Craftsman Style

¶ This wood is also called linn and linden. It is a straight, close-grain wood, soft and compact in structure. Light in color and in weight and only moderately strong. It is used to a limited extent for building construction. Rather too soft. The painting of basswood is easily accomplished. It absorbs paint well, affording good anchorage and penetration. Mix the paint thin with bath linseed oil and turpentine to secure penetration into the compact structure of the wood. Owing to the very light color and absence of prominent grain figure in this wood, it is easy to cover and hide with white paint.

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