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Beech
Appearence
Color: Heartwood is mostly reddish brown; sapwood is generally pale white.

Grain: Mostly closed, straight grain; fine, uniform texture. Coarser than European beech.

Variations Within Species And Grades: Only one species is native to the United States. Moderate to high color variation between boards.

Properties
Hardness/Janka: 1320; 2% harder than Northern red oak.

Dimensional Stability: Above average (7.8; 9% mre stabel than Northern red oak).

Workability
Sawing/Machining: Difficult to work with hand tools, but good machining qualities.

Nailing: Has a tendency to split the tongues.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed.

Finishing: May be difficult to stain.

Origin: North America.

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