American Beech is used in flooring, veneers, and lumber, among other things. You can now order Beech wood online in custom cut-to size from our website.
|Length||0.40mm+ to 1.80m+|
|Thickness||25mm; 38mm; 50mm; 60mm; 70mm; 80mm; 100mm|
|Average density||720 kg/m3|
|Janka rating||1,300 lbf (5,780 N)|
Beech or Americal Beech is a popular hardwood species that is used for a variety of purposes, including furniture, flooring, and veneers. Also called American beech because of its wide availability and use, Beech is primarily sourced from the Eastern United States. It is a hard, heavy and strong wood, but it is not durable in terms of resistance to insect attacks. The wood has a nice pale cream colour, which may sometimes have a pink hue. Making veneer out of it requires the wood to undergo steam treatment, which usually leaves it darker coloured or with a more golden tone. Find out more about Beechwood or order now.
Beech, also called American beech, is primarily sourced from the Eastern United States. It grows in many parts of America and is exported to other parts of the world. Beech has the scientific name called Fagus grandifolia. It shares many properties with its European counterpart, called European Beech. Beech trees are about 30-40 m tall and have a 1-1.5 m trunk diameter. The average dried weight of Beech is 720 kg/m3 and it has a Janka rating of 1,300 lbf (5,780 N), which indicates that the wood is both strong and hard. It is a non-durable and almost perishable wood and not at all suitable for outdoor uses. White Knight Consulting (WKC) is a top supplier of Beech hardwood and we deliver our timber all over the UK and to many countries outside the UK.
American Beech has a pale cream-coloured heartwood and the sapwood is almost white to yellowish and not always distinguishable from the heartwood. The presence of a silvery fleck pattern in quartersawn surfaces is common. The wood colour will turn darker reddish-brown due to exposure, and the stream treatment for bending may further cause a darker reddish-golden hue. Beechwood grain is generally straight and the texture is fine to medium. The wood is considered non-durable, perishable and has poor resistance to insects and decay, which makes it not so suitable for outdoor applications. It belongs to the Fagaceae family of trees. Beech dries rapidly with both air drying and kiln drying methods, but it may be prone to warp, twist, split, and shrink.
Beech is easy to work with machine tools. It glues, bends (steam-bending), turns, and finishes well. Beech is widely grown and easily available throughout the US and the price is very economic for locally-grown wood. Uses include lumber, flooring, railroad tires, furniture, small wooden objects, veneers, crates, pallets, turned objects, and musical instruments.
As an FSC-certified company, White Knight Consulting only provides sustainable woods and products which are in accordance with the FSC rules.