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Beech – European

Fagus sylvatica
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Beech|European Beech
Beech - European Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Like American Beech, this wood features pale cream coloration, also often augmented by a pink or muted light reddish-brown hue. It’s large supply across the continent and typically modest price range makes it one of the most popular and commercially important hardwoods in Europe. Its straight grains and medium texture give comparable working and steam-bending properties to its American first cousin and it machines, turns, glues and finishes with ease.

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

Why We Love This Wood

European Beech is slightly denser than its American first cousin (at roughly the same dried weight). In optimal conditions, trees can grow to be very large, yielding long wide boards. Its toughness, strength and excellent bending characteristics has seen this wood utilized in marine applications for centuries throughout the European continent. Also akin to its American counterpart, European Beech wood is non-durable and unstable to the point of commonly experiencing movement in service. Optimal lumber would be quartersawn and dried as thoroughly as possible (in the 6% range).

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupYellow / White
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.7
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3710
    Janka Hardness - LBF1450
    Janka Hardness - N6460
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    Beech-European-Select&better-4/4Lumber-steamed
    4/4 Lumber – steamed
    Select & better
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    6.95
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    no
    Beech-European-Select&better-6/4Lumber-steamed

    6/4 Lumber – steamed

    Select & better
    bf
    6.95
    bf
    no
    Beech-European-Select&better-8/4Lumber-steamed

    8/4 Lumber – steamed

    Select & better
    bf
    7.25
    bf
    no
    Beech-European-Select&better-4/4Lumber-steamed-quartersawn

    4/4 Lumber – steamed – quartersawn

    Select & better
    bf
    8.95
    bf
    no
    Beech-European-Select&better-6/4Lumber-steamed-quartersawn

    6/4 Lumber – steamed – quartersawn

    Select & better
    bf
    9.5
    bf
    no
    Beech-European-Select&better-8/4Lumber-steamed-quartersawn

    8/4 Lumber – steamed – quartersawn

    Select & better
    bf
    9.95
    bf
    no
    Beech-European-Select&better-4/4Lumber-spalted

    4/4 Lumber – spalted

    Select & better
    bf
    10
    bf
    no
    Beech-European-Select&better-6/4Lumber-spalted

    6/4 Lumber – spalted

    Select & better
    bf
    10
    bf
    no

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    Beech – European Spalted

    Cracked. Knots.

    BEECHESPALT1035
    47.5 × 10.13 × 1.25 in

    Cracked. Knots.

    $61.27

    Beech – European Spalted

    Cracked. Knots.

    BEECHESPALT1035
    47.5 × 10.13 × 1.25 in

    $61.27

    Beech – European Spalted
    BEECHESPALT1035
    47.5 × 10.13 × 1.25 in

    $61.27

    Beech – European Spalted

    Corner defect and knots.

    BEECHESPALT1034
    52.31 × 6.81 × 1.25 in

    Corner defect and knots.

    $45.36

    Beech – European Spalted

    Corner defect and knots.

    BEECHESPALT1034
    52.31 × 6.81 × 1.25 in

    $45.36

    Beech – European Spalted
    BEECHESPALT1034
    52.31 × 6.81 × 1.25 in

    $45.36

    Beech – European Spalted

    Defect on edge. Bark Inclusion.

    BEECHESPALT1033
    36.31 × 7.5 × 1.25 in

    Defect on edge. Bark Inclusion.

    $42.39

    Beech – European Spalted

    Defect on edge. Bark Inclusion.

    BEECHESPALT1033
    36.31 × 7.5 × 1.25 in

    $42.39

    Beech – European Spalted
    BEECHESPALT1033
    36.31 × 7.5 × 1.25 in

    $42.39

    Beech – European Spalted

    Knots, cracks, checks.

    BEECHESPALT1031
    51.5 × 5.63 × 1.25 in

    Knots, cracks, checks.

    $36.92

    Beech – European Spalted

    Knots, cracks, checks.

    BEECHESPALT1031
    51.5 × 5.63 × 1.25 in

    $36.92

    Beech – European Spalted
    BEECHESPALT1031
    51.5 × 5.63 × 1.25 in

    $36.92

    Beech – European Spalted

    Defect on edge, knots, cracks, checks.

    BEECHESPALT1030
    38.94 × 5.56 × 1.25 in

    Defect on edge, knots, cracks, checks.

    $30.63

    Beech – European Spalted

    Defect on edge, knots, cracks, checks.

    BEECHESPALT1030
    38.94 × 5.56 × 1.25 in

    $30.63

    Beech – European Spalted
    BEECHESPALT1030
    38.94 × 5.56 × 1.25 in

    $30.63

    Beech – European Steamed

    Width varies 8''-9''.

    BEECHES1032
    60.88 × 8.5 × 1.44 in

    Width varies 8”-9”.

    $73.51

    Beech – European Steamed

    Width varies 8''-9''.

    BEECHES1032
    60.88 × 8.5 × 1.44 in

    $73.51

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1032
    60.88 × 8.5 × 1.44 in

    $73.51

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1031
    47.5 × 9.5 × 1.44 in

    Clear.

    $64.10

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1031
    47.5 × 9.5 × 1.44 in

    $64.10

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1031
    47.5 × 9.5 × 1.44 in

    $64.10

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1030
    43.38 × 9.69 × 1.44 in

    Clear.

    $59.71

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1030
    43.38 × 9.69 × 1.44 in

    $59.71

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1030
    43.38 × 9.69 × 1.44 in

    $59.71

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1029
    42.5 × 9.63 × 1.44 in

    Clear.

    $58.14

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1029
    42.5 × 9.63 × 1.44 in

    $58.14

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1029
    42.5 × 9.63 × 1.44 in

    $58.14

    Beech – European Steamed

    Light checks on one end.

    BEECHES1028
    50.5 × 6.63 × 1.44 in

    Light checks on one end.

    $47.56

    Beech – European Steamed

    Light checks on one end.

    BEECHES1028
    50.5 × 6.63 × 1.44 in

    $47.56

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1028
    50.5 × 6.63 × 1.44 in

    $47.56

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1027
    46.13 × 6.63 × 1.44 in

    Clear.

    $43.45

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1027
    46.13 × 6.63 × 1.44 in

    $43.45

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1027
    46.13 × 6.63 × 1.44 in

    $43.45

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1026
    46.5 × 8.63 × 1.44 in

    Clear.

    $57.01

    Beech – European Steamed

    Clear.

    BEECHES1026
    46.5 × 8.63 × 1.44 in

    $57.01

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1026
    46.5 × 8.63 × 1.44 in

    $57.01

    Beech – European Steamed

    Knot.

    BEECHES1025
    45.75 × 8.63 × 1.44 in

    Knot.

    $56.09

    Beech – European Steamed

    Knot.

    BEECHES1025
    45.75 × 8.63 × 1.44 in

    $56.09

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1025
    45.75 × 8.63 × 1.44 in

    $56.09

    Beech – European Steamed

    Width varies 5.5''-6.75''

    BEECHES1023
    48.44 × 6 × 1.44 in

    Width varies 5.5”-6.75”

    $41.29

    Beech – European Steamed

    Width varies 5.5''-6.75''

    BEECHES1023
    48.44 × 6 × 1.44 in

    $41.29

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1023
    48.44 × 6 × 1.44 in

    $41.29

    Beech – European Steamed

    Width varies 6.75''-7.25''.

    BEECHES1022
    44.31 × 7 × 1.44 in

    Width varies 6.75”-7.25”.

    $44.06

    Beech – European Steamed

    Width varies 6.75''-7.25''.

    BEECHES1022
    44.31 × 7 × 1.44 in

    $44.06

    Beech – European Steamed
    BEECHES1022
    44.31 × 7 × 1.44 in

    $44.06

    Other Species

    Osage Orange - Argentine

    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange.  The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects.  It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, carving, crafting, inlay, specialty items
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    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Common Uses
    longhi
    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, crafting, flooring, furniture
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    Common Uses
    birch-yellow
    Alder

    Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well.

    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, lutherie, millwork, musical Instruments
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