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Beech – American

Fagus grandifolia
Also known as |
American Beech|Beech|Beechwood
Beech - American Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Both American Beech and its European counterpart are known for their pale cream coloration, which is often augmented by a pink or light- to medium-colored muted reddish-brown hue. Its medium texture and typically straight grains and sometimes wavy, give it excellent working properties. American Beech cuts, turns, glues and finishes very well and has a moderate natural luster.

Flat-sawn pieces usually have very plain-looking aesthetics; the bulk of which is used for utility purposes. Conversely, quartersawn pieces typically exhibit a silvery fleck pattern — which lends the wood well to furniture and musical instrument applications, with more exquisite examples often finding their way to veneer mills.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

Its similar hardness and density has seen it used as an alternative to Maple in some applications. The wood is decidedly non-durable and susceptible to insect attack. It responds well to steam-bending, but its stability can be suspect. Beech veneer has a different appearance to it's lumber. Veneer sheets (cut at only 1/42" thickness) require the wood to first be steamed. This darkens the wood, producing a pleasant golden brown color. American Beech is a common, plentiful wood and, thus, priced rather modestly.

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    Main Color GroupYellow / Pink
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.8
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3720
    Janka Hardness - LBF1300
    Janka Hardness - N5780
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    Beech – American

    Tapers from 9.25" to 6.75" width.Defect on edge. Checks.

    BEECHAM1028
    32.38 × 6.75 × 1.19 in

    Tapers from 9.25″ to 6.75″ width.Defect on edge. Checks.

    $15.21

    Beech – American

    Tapers from 9.25" to 6.75" width.Defect on edge. Checks.

    BEECHAM1028
    32.38 × 6.75 × 1.19 in

    $15.21

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1028
    32.38 × 6.75 × 1.19 in

    $15.21

    Beech – American

    Defect on edge. Cracks.

    BEECHAM1027
    20.63 × 9.19 × 1.19 in

    Defect on edge. Cracks.

    $13.20

    Beech – American

    Defect on edge. Cracks.

    BEECHAM1027
    20.63 × 9.19 × 1.19 in

    $13.20

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1027
    20.63 × 9.19 × 1.19 in

    $13.20

    Beech – American

    Defect on edge. Cracks.

    BEECHAM1026
    44.13 × 5.5 × 1.13 in

    Defect on edge. Cracks.

    $18.77

    Beech – American

    Defect on edge. Cracks.

    BEECHAM1026
    44.13 × 5.5 × 1.13 in

    $18.77

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1026
    44.13 × 5.5 × 1.13 in

    $18.77

    Beech – American

    Defect on edge.

    BEECHAM1025
    52 × 5.5 × 1.13 in

    Defect on edge.

    $19.91

    Beech – American

    Defect on edge.

    BEECHAM1025
    52 × 5.5 × 1.13 in

    $19.91

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1025
    52 × 5.5 × 1.13 in

    $19.91

    Beech – American

    Defect on edge.

    BEECHAM1023
    45.88 × 9.13 × 1.13 in

    Defect on edge.

    $35.64

    Beech – American

    Defect on edge.

    BEECHAM1023
    45.88 × 9.13 × 1.13 in

    $35.64

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1023
    45.88 × 9.13 × 1.13 in

    $35.64

    Beech – American
    Rough on one end, Cracked
    BEECHAM1020
    55.56 × 9.63 × 0.94 in

    Rough on one end, Cracked

    $29.80

    Beech – American
    Rough on one end, Cracked
    BEECHAM1020
    55.56 × 9.63 × 0.94 in

    $29.80

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1020
    55.56 × 9.63 × 0.94 in

    $29.80

    Beech – American
    Checks on one end.
    BEECHAM1007
    60.625 × 5.312 × 1.062 in

    Checks on one end.

    $27.40

    Beech – American
    Checks on one end.
    BEECHAM1007
    60.625 × 5.312 × 1.062 in

    $27.40

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1007
    60.625 × 5.312 × 1.062 in

    $27.40

    Beech – American
    Crack on one end.
    BEECHAM1004
    48.25 × 10 × 1.125 in

    Crack on one end.

    $37.32

    Beech – American
    Crack on one end.
    BEECHAM1004
    48.25 × 10 × 1.125 in

    $37.32

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1004
    48.25 × 10 × 1.125 in

    $37.32

    Beech – American
    Knots on both faces.
    BEECHAM1003
    48.312 × 10.187 × 1.187 in

    Knots on both faces.

    $38.07

    Beech – American
    Knots on both faces.
    BEECHAM1003
    48.312 × 10.187 × 1.187 in

    $38.07

    Beech – American
    BEECHAM1003
    48.312 × 10.187 × 1.187 in

    $38.07

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