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Beech, European

Generally straight grained with broad rays, and fine, even texture. Pale cream to pinkish brown heartwood that darkens to a pale reddish brown.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"
Lengths

Subject to availability

4-6'
7/8'
9/10'
11/12'
13/14'
15/16'
17-20'
7' and longer
Applications
Cabinet Doors
Cabinetry
Flooring
Furniture
Furniture Frames
General Carpentry
Interior Millwork
Interior Trim
Passage Doors
Turned Objects
Veneer

Distribution

Europe

Scientific Name

Fagus sylvatica

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.53

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.71

Janka Hardness

1450

Color/Appearance

Beech is typically a pale cream color, sometimes with a pink or brown hue. Veneer tends to be slightly darker colored, as slicing the veneer usually requires the wood to be prepared with steam, which gives the wood a more golden tone. Flatsawn surfaces tend to be very plain, while quartersawn surfaces exhibit a silvery fleck pattern.

Grain/Texture

Grain is straight, with a fine to medium uniform texture. Moderate natural luster.

Endgrain

Rot Resistance

Beech is considered non-durable or perishable; it is also susceptible to insect attack.

Workability

Overall good workability; it machines well, and glues, finishes, and turns well. Beech also responds superbly to steam-bending. It does, however, have a large amount of movement in service, so movement and wood stability must be taken into account

Odor

No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, European Beech has been reported as been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye, skin, and respiratory irritation.

Pricing/Availability

European Beech is widely available across Europe, and it very economically priced within its natural range.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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