European Beech

European Beech heartwood and sapwood are cream to pale pink in colour with a straight grain and fine, even texture. It is common practice to steam the timber, which turns it to a darker pink-red colour.

Colour/ Appearance: Beech is typically a pale cream colour, sometimes with a pink or brown hue. Veneer tends to be slightly darker coloured, 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 quatersawn exhibit a silvery fleck pattern. 

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

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

Mechanical properities: The steam bending properties are extremely good, even tolerent of knots and irregular grain. It has medium stiffness, high crushing strength and medium resistance to shock loads. 

Main Uses: Furniture and cabinetmaking, interior joinery, turnery, tool handles and general wood ware.

Working Properties: Beech offers medium resistance to hand and power tools and has a moderate blunting effect. Pre-boring is necessary for nailing, it glues easily, stains well and takes an excellent finish.

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Mechanical Properties

Janka Hardness: 6.4 kN
Modulus of Rupture: 118 MPa
Modulus of Elasticity: 13 GPa
Max Crush Strength: 56 MPa

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