Heidler Hardwood Lumber

Beech

Thickness Grade Footage
4/4" Select & FAS 305
4/4" #1 Common 0
5/4" Select & FAS 55
6/4" Select & FAS 490
6/4" #1 Common 185
8/4" Select & FAS 0
8/4" #1 Common 100

Specie Information

    Fagus grandifolia

    Known as "Mother of the Forest" for its nutrient-rich humus. Beech has a long, illustrious past. The Aryan Tribes of Asia, the earliest known people to use a written language, carved their messages into the soft, smooth pliable bark of the beech tree trunk. The writings, cut out of the bark and used intact, were called "boc," which eventually became "book."

    DISTRIBUTION
    Throughout the Eastern U.S., commercial concentration is in the Central and Middle Atlantic states.

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION
    The sapwood is white with a red tinge, while the heartwood is light to dark reddish brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a close uniform texture.

    WORKING PROPERTIES
    Beech works readily with most hand and machine tools. It has good nailing and gluing properties and can be stained to a good finish. The wood dries fairly rapidly but with a strong tendency to warp, split and surface check. It is subject to a high shrinkage and moderate movement in performance.

    PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
    Beech is classed as heavy, hard, strong, high in resistance to shock and highly suitable for steam bending. Good resistance to abrasive wear.

    AVAILABILITY
    Limited.

    MAIN USES
    Furniture, doors, flooring, millwork, paneling, brush handles, woodenware, bending stock, toys and turnings. It is particularly suitable for food and liquid containers since there is no odor or taste.

    RELATIVE ABUNDANCE
    0.4 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.

ah nhla awi IHLA