Birch

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yellow-birch

Description

Birch has a relatively dense, tight grain and uniform texture. Sapwood is a light tan to white color and heartwood is reddish-brown. Birch is reasonably available, but material runs narrow and short compared to Maple and similar species.

Common Uses

Birch is commonly used in furniture, paneling, doors, interior millwork, kitchen cabinetry, flooring, turning and toys.

Appearance

Heartwood tends to be a light reddish brown, with nearly white sapwood. Occasionally figured pieces are available with a wide, shallow curl similar to the curl found in Cherry. There is virtually no color distinction between annual growth rings, giving Birch a somewhat dull, uniform appearance.

Workability

Generally easy to work with hand and machine tools, though boards with wild grain can cause grain tearout during machining operations. Turns, glues, and finishes well.

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