||American Chestnut (Castanea dentata)
||Also known as chestnut, chinkapin, and sweet chestnut.
||Grows in eastern half of United States.
||Straight grained and coarse-textured with low to medium luster. Narrow, light-colored sapwood and reddish brown heartwood that darkens with age.
||Light and soft (dents easily) with modest strength and shock resistance. Excellent decay resistance. Poor steam bending rating.
||Machines very well but splits easily – pre-drilling recommended for screws and nails. Turns reasonably well. Glues and finishes satisfactorily.
||In scarce supply today, but formerly used for furniture caskets, musical instruments, boxes, woodenware, interior trim, shingles, piling, fenceposts, railroad ties.