European Steamed Beech


Beech is an important and widely-used hardwood in Europe. Its hardness, wear-resistance, strength, and excellent bending capabilities—coupled with its low price—make this hardwood a mainstay for many European woodworkers. It is often used to mimic other more expensive woods such as Maple.


  • Colour – Normally white, pale cream to pale pinkish brown


  • Strength – Fairly hard
  • Ease Of Drying – dries fairly well at a moderate rate and requires care in air-seasoning and kiln drying to prevent excessive shrinkage.
  • Movement In Service – Large
  • Preservative Treatment – Satisfactory

Working Properties

  • Machining – Easy
  • Steam Bending – Exceptional, even when knots and irregular grain are present. It can be bent to very small radii, which makes it particularly useful in the furniture industry.
  • Nailing – Nails well
  • Gluing – Glues well


  • When sanded, stained and polished it produces an excellent, smooth finish suitable for all kinds of applications.