Last year I had to cut back a Silver Birch tree and I still have some of the larger logs left. I have never heard of Birch being used in woodworking except for plywood, can anyone tell me about the properties of this wood and it's uses?
Yes, yes we dotwothumbs":2f5scqju said:I think the Scandinavians use it for almost everything.
Just what I wanted to hear, thank you Henning!Henning":32h4lhjm said:Yes, yes we dotwothumbs":32h4lhjm said:I think the Scandinavians use it for almost everything.
I think it has an unjust reputation for beeing bland. Some of the absolutely most beautiful things made of wood i have seen have been made of birch. Admittedly, we have more of it than most so chances of getting good wood is probably better, but even still.
I have some slightly spalted flame birch in drying at the moment, which is absolutely fantastic.
It's uses would be more or less the same as maple and/or beech, i'd say. Bland bits good for drawer sides and the likes, rest is a fantastic hardwood for use in furniture as any other wood. In my experience it does have a tendency to become harder to work if kiln dried, but it lends itself willingly to air drying, so not a big obstacle i think.
Spalted it can be absolutely stunning!