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Paul Pless
04-13-2015, 03:32 PM
I just stumbled on a giant slab of clear butternut - 16/4. Very light in color, straight grain. Cheap.

What's it good for?

How's it turn?

04-13-2015, 03:35 PM
Was sorta hoping for this:


04-13-2015, 03:37 PM
Turns well, finishes well, and takes fairly decent detail in a carving. Butternut is a standard native wood in New Brunswick for locally made fine furniture, and has been for a couple of hundred years anyway. There's a pretty solid tradition of fine furniture making in the city of Saint John, which used to have a lot more money flowing around than in recent decades - a whole lot of it was butternut.

Most of the detailed wood work in the interior of the Cathedral I attend here in Fredericton is butternut, including a simply massive turned candlestick made from laminated butternut stock. The base is probably 24" across, and the 5' high shaft maybe 6"-8" in diameter.

Lovely stuff, though not desperately strong.