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