Has anyone out there worked with Beech lumber before?

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lnelson

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Larry
Hi all,

I have an opportunity to pick up a stack of beech lumber. I have not worked with this material before. Does anyone have any experience working with it? This is rough-sawn, kiln dried material. How does it machine and any issues with chipping and/or tear out? How does it take a finish and what is the best way to finish it?

Thank you to anyone who can offer some advise on this material.

Regards,

L. Nelson
 

Bas

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Bas
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Is it flatsawn or quartersawn? I've worked with quartersawn beech, it machines nicely. It's not unlikely cherry. Sanding/ scraping is fine provided the grain cooperates. If you have an area where the grain direction changes, use very sharp tools or you'll get a rough/ fuzzy spot. I did not have a lot of tear out issues planing it.

It takes oil based finishes and shellac very well, I have not tried any water based finishes on it yet. Nice golden honey color.
 

Howard Acheson

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Howard
American beech is known as a very unstable wood. With changes in relative humidity is tends to warp irregularly and to a great extent. It's typically used as a secondary wood in furniture making.
 
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