THE SUPERIORITY OF BEECH
MECHANICAL VALUES *
Wood Species Dry Weight LBS/Cu.Ft. Hardness LBS. Bending Strength P.S.I.
European Beech 43 1,440 16,245
Red Alder 28 590 9,800
Red Oak 43 1.290 14,050
Rubberwood (Parawood) 41 1,190 13,142
*Source: Wood Handbook Forest Products Laboratory
Beech is stronger and harder than most wood species used in furniture manufacturing. Hard maple is the only other wood with comparable qualities.
Beech is used in a majority of commercial seating applications that require long term durability. Other products made of beech include high quality tool handles.