Yellow Birch

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Color: In yellow birch, sapwood is creamy yellow or pale white; heartwood is light reddish brown tinged with red. In sweet birch, sapwood is light colored and heartwood is dark brown tinged with red.

Grain: Medium figuring, straight, closed grain, even textured. Occasional curly grain or wavy figure in some boards.

Variations Within Species & Grades: Yellow birch, sweet birch, paper birch. Paper birch is softer and lower in weight and strength than yellow or sweet birch. However, yellow birch is mostly commonly used in flooring. Boards can vary greatly in grain and color.

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Hardness/Janka: 1260 (yellow); 2% softer than Northern Red Oak.

Durability: Hard and stiff; very strong, with excellent shock resistance.

Sawing/Machining: Difficult to work with hand tools, but good machining qualities.

Sanding: Sands satisfactory.

Nailing: Excellent holding ability.

Finishing: No known problems.

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