European Beech Timber

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What is European Beech Timber?

European Beech Timber is imported square edged and sometimes log sawn (waney-edge). Standard sawn thicknesses : 24mm, 36mm, 48mm, 64mm, 80mm. Lengths range from 2m to 4m approximately. 

European Beech timber is used for joinery interior, furniture, flooring, doors, paneling, brush handles, turning, food storage / containers and many more. 


The Timber 

Normally, there is no clear distinction by colour between sapwood and heartwood, the wood being very pale brown when freshly cut, turning reddish-brown on exposure, and deep reddish-brown under the influence of steaming treatment commonly applied in parts of the Continent before shipment. Some logs show an irregular, dark reddish-coloured kern or heart, caused it is believed, by the effect of severe frosts, and occurring more frequently in Continental beech. The wood is typically straight grained, with a fine, even texture, but varying in density and hardness according to the locality of growth. Thus, beech from central Europe, notably that from Yugoslavia (Slavonian), and that from Romania is milder and lighter in weight, about 672 kg/m³, than beech from Britain, Denmark and northern Europe, which weighs about 720 kg/m³ when dried.


Strength and Durability 

Green beech has general strength properties roughly equal to those of oak, but after drying, most values increase, and beech is stronger than oak in bending strength, stiffness and shear by some 20 per cent, and considerably stronger in resistance to impact loads.

European Beech is not durable and is slightly/non-resistant to heartwood decay. European Beech is liable to attack by the common furniture beetle and longhorn beetle and is permeable for preservation.


Physical Properties 

Beech varies somewhat in its ease of working and machining according to growth characteristics and dried condition. Thus, fairly tough material, or badly dried stock may tend to bind on the saw, or burn when cross-cut, or, if distorted due to drying provide difficulties in planing. On the whole, it works fairly readily, and is capable of a good smooth surface. Beech turns well, takes glue readily, and takes stains and polish satisfactorily. Boards 200mm or wider may have a tendency to warp, to avoid this we suggest edge-jointing. European Beech produces excellent veneer. Good for nailing/screwing but should be pre-bored.

European Beech has good overall strength, excellent shock resistance and good resistance to abrasive wear. European Beech also excellent for bending. 


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