The Beech Family

american-beech

Scientific Name: Fagus grandifolia
Location: eastern USA
Dried Weight: 45lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,300lbf
Crushing Strength: 7,400lbf /in2

 

Beech has a pale cream color. The grain is straight and the texture is medium to fine. The wood has a moderate natural lustre. The end grain of Beech is diffuse-porous. It is rated non-durable in regards to decay. Beech is good to work with as it machines, glues, finishes, and turns well. It also responds superbly to steam bending.

 

european-beech

Scientific Name: Fagus sylvatica
Location: Europe
Dried Weight: 44lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,450lbf
Crushing Strength: 8,270lbf /in2

 

Beech has a pale cream color. The grain is straight and the texture is medium to fine. The wood has a moderate natural lustre. The end grain of Beech is diffuse-porous. It is rated non-durable in regards to decay. Beech is good to work with as it machines, glues, finishes, and turns well. It also responds superbly to steam bending.

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