Botanical Name: Betula Alleghaniensis
Common Names: American birch, Quebec birch, Hard birch, Silver birch, and Swamp birch
Sources: Grows in Canada and eastern United States.
Appearance: Straight grained with a fine even texture. Reddish brown heartwood and light-yellow sapwood.
Physical Properties: Heavy, hard, strong, and stiff. High shock resistance, bending and crushing strengths. Steam-bends very well. Has low dimensional stability and decay resistance.
Working Properties: Machines well but is somewhat difficult to work with hand tools. Pre-drilling required for screwing or nailing. Glues, stains and finishes well.
Uses: Excellent turning properties – used for spools, bobbins, shuttles, dowels, bowls, etc. Highly valued for plywood, paneling, furniture, and cabinetry. Other uses boxes, baskets, woodenware, cooperage, flooring, interior finish, doors, fixtures, and musical instruments.
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