European Steamed Beech

European Steamed Beech

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Steamed beech texture

Timber Specification for European Steamed Beech

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European Steamed Beech

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, Cherry, Mahogany and Walnut.

Uses

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.

Appearance

Colour – Normally white, pale cream to pale pinkish brown

Grain – Straight

Texture – Fine and even

Characteristics

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

Working properties

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

Finishing

When sanded, stained and polished it produces an excellent, smooth finish suitable for all kinds of applications.

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Steamed beech sawn timber

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Beech parquet floor