American Beech is sometimes underrated and under-appreciated, which may be due to its somewhat bland appearance. Yet considering its decent strength and hardness—and its comparatively low cost—Beech represents an excellent value for woodworkers.
Beech is typically a pale cream color, sometimes with a pink or brown hue. Veneer tends to be slightly darker colored, as slicing the veneer usually requires the wood to be prepared with steam, which gives the wood a more golden tone. Grain is straight, with a fine to medium uniform texture. Moderate natural luster.
Overall good workability; it machines well, and glues, finishes, and turns well. Beech also responds superbly to steam-bending.
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