Steamed European Beech is a kiln dried beech, its warm and natural appearance with nice colour, and grain makes Beech as one of the most used woods. Its hue varies from whitich to pale brown, pale pinkish brown, and can turn to deep reddish brown with steaming.
Steam Beech has a straight grain with even and fine texture, short flecks, it is fairly plain and consistent throughout. Often used for door veneers, door beads, cabinet work, furniture nd typically found in commercial buildings ( offices) as reception desks, screens, decks, chairs,decorative plywood, quality joinery, etc.
Common name(s) : European Beech
Scientific name : Fagus sylvatica
Distribution : 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight : 44 lbs/ft3 (710 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC) : .53, .71
Janka Hardness : 1,450 lbf (6,460 N)
Modulus of Rupture : 15,970 lbf/in2 (110.1 MPa)
Elastic Modulus : 2,075,000 lbf/in2 (14.31 GPa)
Crushing Strength : 8,270 lbf/in2 (57.0 MPa)
Shrinkage : Radial : Radial : 5.7%, Tangential : 11.6%, Volumetric : 17.3%, T/R Ratio : 2.0
Color/Appearance : Beech is typically a pale cream color, sometimes with a pink or brown hue. Veneer tends to be slightly darker colored, as slicing the veneer usually requires the wood to be prepared with steam, which gives the wood a more golden tone. Flatsawn surfaces tend to be very plain, while quartersawn surfaces exhibit a silvery fleck pattern.
Grain/Texture : Grain is straight, with a fine to medium uniform texture. Moderate natural luster.
Rot Resistance : Beech is considered non-durable or perishable; it is also susceptible to insect attack.
Workability : Overall good workability; it machines well, and glues, finishes, and turns well. Beech also 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.
Odor : No characteristic odor.
Pricing/Availability : European Beech is widely available across Europe, and it very economically priced within its natural range.