Yellow birch is the species most used in our area and is found throughout the northeastern United States.
Birch has white sapwood and light reddish-brown heartwood. The grain is straight to slightly wavy. Birch has little natural luster. It has poor rot and insect resistance and is therefore used mostly in interior situations.
Workability: It is generally easy to work with, both with hand and power tools. It does have a tendency to split when nailed. It glues, turns and finishes well. It has poor rot and insect resistance and is therefore used mostly in interior situations.
Common Uses: Birch is the most used wood for plywood and veneer in the world. Birch veneer is used for doors, furniture, and paneling. Other uses include interior trim, boxes, crates, turned objects, and other small specialty wood items.
Widths: Mostly 6"
Lengths: Mostly 8'
Surfacing: Skip planed
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