American Beech – Fagus grandifolia
European Beech – Fagus sylvatica
This is a great wood that has a lot of nice properties.
It has a fairly straight grain and looks kind of like scaled down oak. The sapwood is a cream white color, the heartwood is a light reddish brown. It is fine and silky with a close and even texture.
It is very hard and it’s surface can be highly polished. It cuts, sands and machines well, as well as a great screw and nail holding capability. Workable with hand tools and cuts clean with a knife blade.
One of my favorite characteristics is it’s bending capability. It takes to steam bending very well and will hold it’s shape.
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