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Beech is an important and widely-used hardwood in Europe. Its hardness, wear-resistance, strength, and excellent bending capabilities—coupled with its low price—make this hardwood a mainstay for many European woodworkers. It is often used to mimic other more expensive woods such as Maple.
Common uses include gyms, changing rooms, cabinetry, high class joinery, furniture, chairs, desks, domestic flooring, sliced veneer and plywood. Also used in musical instruments, toys and sports equipment.
Colour – Normally white, pale cream to pale pinkish brown
Grain – Straight
Texture – Fine and even
Strength – Fairly hard
Weight – 720 kg/m³.
Ease Of Drying – dries fairly well at a moderate rate and requires care in air-seasoning and kiln drying to prevent excessive shrinkage.
Movement In Service – Large
Preservative Treatment – Satisfactory
Machining – Easy
Steam Bending – Exceptional, even when knots and irregular grain are present. It can be bent to very small radii, which makes it particularly useful in the furniture industry.
Nailing – Nails well
Gluing – Glues well
When sanded, stained and polished it produces an excellent, smooth finish suitable for all kinds of applications.
Illingworth Ingham is a hardwood timber supplier in Trafford Park, Manchester. We stock a superior range of hardwood and softwood timbers, and offer the benefits of a excellent machining facilities. Being a family owned business we always aim to provide a personal level of service.