European Beech is a light, bright wood that is straight-grained, with uniform texture and color. It is relatively heavy, hard and strong but is fairly easy to machine and it can be sanded to a high polish. Beech is often clear finished to highlight the natural beauty of the wood grain and even, light color.
Ratings indicate the degree of difficulty working with this species relative to other hardwoods.
A 5 rating is the best.
A 1 rating is the most challenging.