Birch: Domestic Hardwood
Birch lumber is classified as a domestic wood and is sometimes referred to as Grey Birch, Silver Birch, Hard Birch, American Birch or Betula Wood.
Birch has a reddish-brown heartwood and light yellow sapwood. Birch has very good steam bending characteristics, high shock resistance. and crushing strength.
It can be used for furniture making, flooring, and high-grade joinery, upholstery frames, paneling, high-grade plywood, and veneers. Birch glues well and also takes stain and polish extremely well; once stained, any color differences are less pronounced.
Birch has a Janka hardness of 1260.
|Origin of Wood Type||The U.S. and Canada|
|Botanical Name||Betula Alleghaniensis|
|Avg. Weight Per BF||3.5 lbs|
|Color Range||Light cream to brown heartwood|
|Rarity / Availability||Common|
|Typical Avg. Width||4 – 10 inches|
|Typical Avg. Length||8 – 12 feet|
|Avg. Waste Factor||25%|
|Wood Uses||All woodworking and cabinetmaking applications|
|Lumber Grades||FAS through 2 common|
|Other Trade Names||Yellow Birch, Birch, or White Birch|