The white sapwood lends itself especially well to beautiful blonde furniture and interior woodwork.
Birch is also in demand for toys, flooring and kitchen cabinets. American yellow birch is a generally straight-grained wood with a fine uniform texture, white sapwood and light reddish brown heartwood. It takes stain and polish extremely well.
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.