Black Beech Nothofagus solandri var. solandri
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The colour of New Zealand black beech heartwood ranges from honey coloured to light brown, sometimes with darker blackish streaks adding interest to the grain. The sapwood is light brown. The grain is straight, with a fine and even texture and a rich lustre.
Furniture, benchtops, joinery, flooring and decking.
Black beech has excellent strength properties and hardness with exceptional dimensional stability once dry (12% m.c.). The wood is not slow drying like red or hard beech.
The fine and even texture of black beech allows for uniform wearing.
Moderately easy to split. Nailing is satisfactory but requires care.
Galvanised fixings are recommended for exterior uses because unprotected iron nails stain the timber. Alternatives include stainless steel, silicon bronze or copper.
Sawing, machining, finishing and turning properties are all excellent.
Minimal sanding is required after machining to achieve a smooth high quality finish.
Black beech glues, stains and paints well.
Its steam bending properties are excellent.
The product has no odor.
Normally available in the marketplace
Black beech heartwood is durable and can be used in exterior exposed situations. It is suitable for outdoor decking and achieves Hazard Class H3.2 durability. Pathological heartwood is non-durable. Black beech sapwood is suitable for internal end-uses and is resistant to anobium and lyctus borers.
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