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European Beech is widely available across Europe, and it very economically priced within its natural range. Beech is an important and widely-used hardwood in Europe. Its hardness, wear-resistance, strength, and excellent bending capabilities—coupled with its low price—make this hardwood a mainstay for many European woodworkers. Can be used for Lumber, veneer, flooring, boatbuilding, furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments (piano pinblocks), plywood, and turned objects.

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


Botanical name Fagus Silvatica
Origin North and Central Europe
Weight About 710 kg/m3
Shrinkage 18,3
Modulus of elasticity 14.31 GPa
Bending strength 1230
Modulus of rupture 110.1 MPa
Janka hardness 780
Moisture content 8-10 %


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