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Sven-Olof Jansson

Hi Matt,

No experience from lime/linden (Tilia x europa), but have worked with basswood (Tilia americana), which seems to have identical properties; and find it a delight. Knife lines are deep and precise; chopping and chiselling are effortless, accurate and precise; and even my dovetail joints look good. Planing has occasionally brought on unpleasant results, when not going along the grain. It’s easy to take shavings, also thick ones, and if going against grain tear outs may become nasty.

I use basswood/lime for drawer sides and backs. Apart from giving a contrast to the darker front (usually oak, as decreed by her majesty), it makes fitting the drawers a lot less tedious.

As Tom Fidgen says in a video: “Why don’t we use basswood more often?”

Attach two photos of a cabinet made out of basswood.

Sven-Olof Jansson
London, UK; Boston, MA

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