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Why is Basswood the Best Wood for Shutters?

Aug 9, 2008
Most people want wooden shutters because they look great on or in a house. The best kind of wood for interior wooden shutters is basswood. There are many reasons why basswood is the most popular and here are just a few:

1) Basswood is strong but it is also light
2) Basswood has a grain that is uniform allowing a beautiful stain finish
3) It is easy to glue and to finish
4) Basswood trees are growing faster than they are being harvested
5) Basswood does not warp

Item #5 is probably the most important reason why basswood is the overwhelming choice for wooden shutters. Basswood does not warp and that makes this kind of shutter great for being next to windows where they will be exposed to sun, cooler temperatures, and some moisture. Wooden shutters can be a problem if a wood is used that does not weather the conditions properly.

Basswood is easy to work with because it glues well and can be made into the texture you desire by sanding and staining. It also dries rapidly without any distortion. These are all very important to have in a high quality wooden shutter. Basswood it seems is just the most versatile type of wood for the purpose of making shutters.

Wooden shutters are more expensive than some other materials such as plastic or vinyl. Plastic shutters can be made to look just like wood, however, and no one will ever know that they are not wood. This is the best route if you are looking for cheap wooden shutters. Because warping is such a problem, many people also choose plastic disguised as wood to be used for their shutters.

If you are going to install them yourself and not get custom ones, you must find some ready made cheap shutters that are already the correct dimensions. You may have to get some help from your neighbor or someone on the block who is a handyman to help you install them but once they are in, you will have some nice looking wood shutters that look much better than cheap blinds.

Basswood is also often used for such things as furniture, wood handles, millwork, musical instruments, and of course interior wood shutters. It is a wood that is useful to make many different things and if you are contemplating getting wooden shutters, basswood should be at the top of your list of woods to consider.
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