Other Common Names: carolina beech, gray beech, red beech, ridge beech, stone beech, white beech and winter beech.
Now confined to the eastern United States, American Beech is sometimes underrated and under-appreciated: which may be due to its somewhat bland appearance.
With straight grain and medium to fine uniform texture, the sapwood of American beech is white with a red tinge, while the heartwood is light to dark reddish brown.
Beech wood is used to make flooring, furniture, veneer plywood, and railroad ties. It is especially favored as fuel wood because of its high density and good burning qualities.
- Machining 4
- Nailing 4
- Screwing 4
- Gluing 4
- Finishing 5
PROPERTIES OF BEECH
With overall good workability, Beech 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.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE
(12 % moisture content)
|Alder, red (Western)||.41||4.4||7.3||590||5820||9800||1380||Fine|
|Maple, PC (Big Leaf)||.62||7.3||7.8||540||7200||11300||1630||Moad/Course|
|Maple, silver (soft)||.62||7.3||7.8||540||7200||11300||1630||Moad/Course|
|Maple, sugar (hard)||.62||7.3||7.8||1260||11300||1630||Moad/Course|
|Oak, Red (Northern)||.62||7.3||7.8||540||11300||1630||Moad/Course|