European Beech: (Fagus sylvatica L.) Ratings 1 to 5 (best):
4/4 through 8/4 Sel & Btr
The sapwood is white with a red tinge, while the heartwood is light to dark reddish brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a close uniform texture.
European Beech is the most available and accessible temperate hardwood in the world.
Although it is very hard and strong, European Beech has superior machining characteristics. It ranks equal to American Cherry in the five operations: shaping, turning, mortising, planing, and boring.
European Beech is a very strong, hard and durable close-grain hardwood. When compared to North American hardwood species, only Hickory has higher strength properties.
European Beech is used for many industrial applications like flooring, pulleys, workbenches, chairs and more.