Appalachian Species & Grades

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Birch

Other Common Names: Gray Birch, Silver Birch and Swamp Birch

Birch is one of the most popular hardwoods for veneer and interior work. It tends to be a light reddish brown, with nearly white sapwood. Occasionally figured pieces are available with a wide, shallow curl similar to the curl found in Cherry. Generally, Birch is a straight-grained wood with a fine uniform texture. It is often used for furniture, cabinetry, interior finish and veneer.

Birch is also in demand for toys, tool handles, boxes, woodenware and interior doors.

Grades Avilable:

PROPERTIES

  • Machining 4
  • Nailing 3
  • Screwing 2
  • Gluing 3
  • Finishing 5

PROPERTIES OF Ash

Birch and is heavy, hard and strong with a fine, uniform texture. Birch takes stain and polish extremely well.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE

Lumber
(12 % moisture content)
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(Density)
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Movement
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(ps)
Bending
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(ps)
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(kps)
Grain
Alder, red (Western).414.47.3590582098001380Fine
Ash.604.97.813207410154001770FIne
Birch, Yellow.627.39.512608170166002010FIne
Cherry, Black.454.27.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Hemlock.457.37.812607200113001630Moad/Course
Hickory.624.29.5540113001630Moad/Course
Maple, PC (Big Leaf).627.37.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Maple, silver (soft).627.37.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Maple, sugar (hard).627.37.81260113001630Moad/Course
Oak, Red (Northern).627.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
Oak, White.627.37.812607200113001630Moad/Course
Poplar, yellow.627.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
Walnut, black.657.37.8540113001630Moad/Course

GRADES

Grades

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