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Beech, European Fagus sylvatica.

Beech, European
Fagus sylvatica
Density: 627kg/m3

Description:

Normally there is no clear distinction by colour between sapwood and heartwood. It is pale brown to reddish brown and a deep reddish brown when steamed. Typically straight grained with a fine, even texture.

Working Properties:

Beech varies somewhat in ease of working and machining according to growth characteristics. On the whole, however, works fairly readily and is capable of a good, smooth surface. Takes glue readily, stains and polishes satisfactorily.

Physical Properties:

Although it dries rapidly and fairly well beech has a tendency to warp, twist, check and split and shrink considerably.

Durability:

Perishable.

Main Uses:

Good for turning and makes excellent veneer. Often used for handles and mallet heads.