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European Beech

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Versatility is the one word most often used when describing the uses for European beech. This wood has been a staple lumber for the European market and recently has found growing popularity in the American market as well. European beech is commonly used in a wide variety of products. Some of these include: furniture, cabinetry, interior furnishings, carvings, stairs, flooring, veneer, plywood, pianos, tools, and toys.

The versatility of the wood is shown in the varied uses of the lumber and in how easily the lumber can be worked. It machines, glues, and finishes well. European beech works smoothly, both with hand tools and with machines. The wood easily accepts either paint or stain for finishing.

European beech is a hardwood found throughout most of Europe. It has a wide range extending west to Portugal, east to Turkey, north to Sweden, and south to Sicily. The trees are generally large reaching around 80-130 feet in height and 3-5 feet in diameter.

This variety of beech takes about 30 years to reach full maturity and has an average lifespan of 200 years. However, when used for lumber most trees are harvested before they reach 80 years of age. Since the tree species is so widespread throughout Europe, there are a large number of areas where European beech can be harvested.

While harvesting can vary, many of these areas make an effort to keep a balance between the amount of trees harvested and the amount of trees growing to take their place.

In color, European beech is generally a pale cream with dark specks. The lumber is often steamed, which may add a red or brown hue to the wood. It has a short, fine grain with an even texture. The wood itself is a good hardwood with a hardness of 1440, which falls between red oak and hard maple on the Janka Hardness Scale.   

As a wood specimen, European beech is one of the denser woods with a density of 0.72 grams per cubic centimeter, which is similar to red oak.  This higher density not only increases hardness, but it also makes it a heavier and stronger wood. This makes the species a much tougher variety, allowing it to handle a rougher treatment than any of the softer woods would be able to withstand.  

European beech is considered a perishable wood. It is only recommended for indoor use as it is susceptible to rot and insect attack.

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