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03-13-2018 02:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: black birch cabinets

Anyone ever use black birch for kitchen cabinets? I had about 400 bf sawn(thought is was cherry) and I think the wood is absolutely beautiful. Wondering on its durability. Using it for the faces and also the raised panels and drawers.

-- Dave, New York

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 02:38 AM

It is beautiful, I’ve never used it so can’t say, but it is great looking wood.

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#2 posted 03-13-2018 03:17 AM

I never heard of it, but the site below is pretty good for looking up the properties of different woods.

They didn’t have a listing for “Black Birch”, but a google search said that “Sweet Birch” is the same tree.

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 03:24 AM

Ok thank you guys for replying.

-- Dave, New York

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#4 posted 03-13-2018 01:14 PM

Dave – are you going to cut some of that beautiful wood into
2×2x12” blanks for tool handles ??? that’s some purty stuff right there.
good luck in your endeavors.

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#5 posted 03-13-2018 02:09 PM

Black/sweet birch doesn’t grow up here so I’ve never been able to use it. But I use yellow birch a lot, indeed made my kitchen cabinet doors and drawers out of it, and they apparently have similar characteristics. It will be very strong and hard, hold details well. So as for durability, definitely (harder and stronger than white oak). Will be a bit tricky to plane without tearout (but not terrible). It will move a bit more than most common species, so make sure it’s well dried.

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#6 posted 03-13-2018 03:06 PM

As a member of the Birch Family, it is related to the Alders :<))


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#7 posted 03-13-2018 04:05 PM

So, that would be Alderson ? ;o]

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#8 posted 03-13-2018 07:04 PM

Exactly what I wanted to hear jdh122. Thanks everyone for the input too.

-- Dave, New York

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