Birch: (Betula alleghaniensis) Ratings 1 to 5 (best):
4/4 through 8/4 Sel & Btr
Eastern U. S., principally Northern and Lake States.
Yellow birch has a white sapwood and light reddish brown heartwood. The wood is generally straight-grained with a fine uniform texture.
Reasonable availability, but more limited if selected for color.
The wood works fairly easily, glues well with care, takes stain extremely well, and nails and screws satisfactorily where pre-boring is advised. It dries rather slowly with little degrade, but it has moderately high shrinkage, so is susceptible to movement in performance.
The wood of yellow birch is heavy, hard and strong. It has very good bending properties, with good crushing strength and shock resistance.
Furniture, millwork and paneling, doors, flooring, kitchen cabinets, turnings and toys.