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European Beech
European Beech

REGION: Eastern Europe, Oceania and S.E. Asia, Western Europe

COUNTRY: Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Romania, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.

SAPWOOD COLOR: Sapwood and heartwood are usually difficult to differentiate.

HEARTWOOD COLOUR: Freshly-cut European beech is whitish to very pale brown in colour, but exposure darkens it to pale reddish-brown. Trees grown in the coldest regions may produce logs with a darker colored core, commonly known as 'red heart', often with darker streaks. It is a common practice in south-east Europe to steam beech in the green condition, which changes the colour permanently to pink or light red.

CHARACTERISTICS: Trees tend to grow in large stands with trunk diameters up to 6ft and heights of 50ft. wide, long boards are commonly available.

COMMON USES: Cabinetmaking, Chairs, Decorative veneer, Furniture , Musical instruments , Sporting Goods, Tool handles, Toys, Veneer, Workbenches

MOVEMENT IN SERVICE: The timber is reported to have very poor dimensional stability. It tends to exhibit rather large movement in use, and requires careful and proper seasoning before application.

EUROPEAN BEECH

GREEN

DRY

UNIT

Bending Strength

8930

16245

Psi

Max. Crushing Strength

3850

7843

Psi

Impact Strength

36

45

Inches

Stiffness

1520

1958

1000psi

Hardness

 

1440

Lbs

Shearing strength

 

2024

Psi

Specific Gravity

 

0.72

 

Weight

52

43

Lbs/cu.ft.

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