Steamed Beech Edge Glued Panels & Worktops

Steamed beech panel (3-layer)Steamed beech is produced by subjecting logs of European Beech to a steaming treatment specifically designed to standardise the colour of the wood and make it more uniform.

The process turns it from its normal, very pale brown when freshly cut, to a deeper reddish-brown than would occur naturally.

Normally, there is no clear distinction by colour between sapwood and heartwood, the wood being very pale brown when freshly cut, turning reddish-brown on exposure, and deep reddish-brown under the influence of the steaming treatment.

The wood is typically straight grained, with a fine, even texture, but varying in density (672kg/m3 -720kg/m3) and hardness according to the locality of growth.

When it is first cut, European Beech has general strength properties roughly equal to those of oak. After drying most values increase, and beech is stronger than oak in bending strength, stiffness and shear by some 20 per cent, and considerably stronger in resistance to impact loads.

Beech varies somewhat in its ease of working and machining according to growth characteristics and dried condition. On the whole, however it works fairly readily, and is capable of a good smooth surface. Beech turns well, takes glue readily, and takes stains and polish satisfactorily. It produces excellent Steamed Beech veneer.

Both full length and finger jointed steamed beech panels are regularly used as steamed beech worktops, and in the manufacture of all types of furniture.



Beech throughout plywood

Similar product: Beech throughout plywood

A plywood composed of beech veneers right throughout its construction.


You can purchase the following solid steamed beech hardwood panels:

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FSC / PEFC Certification:

Winwood Products is a supplier of FSC certified steamed beech panels & worktops and/or PEFC certified steamed beech panels & worktops.

These certification systems allow you to purchase wood-based products safe in the knowledge that they have been sensibly and sustainably managed all along the supply path from when the tree was cut down from the forest, right to the point they arrive with you.

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