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Color: The sapwood has a tan to white color, while the heartwood has a brownish red color.

Uses: Cabinetry and furniture making. Substitute for American Cherry because they both have a similar grain pattern. The Red Birch is in high demand right now making it usually hard to find 100% red. The heartwood is a narrow streak that runs down the center of the board. A relatively strong hardwood that is available in short lengths and narrow widths.

Workability: Birch is a fairly workable wood, although it does have a tendency to "move" slightly. Paints and stains very well.

Plywood: Birch ply is always kept in stock and is available in both "white" and "natural". In some cases, Birch ply can be used as a Cherry substitute. The plywood can paint and stain well just like the lumber. Probably the most versatile plywood that's kept in stock.

Additional Info: Birch is usually very narrow, rarely comes in lengths longer than 10', and is hardly ever straight. The heartwood, or Red Birch, is hard to find in large quantities.

Species Grades Stocked Thickness Stocked Average Board Footage Stocked
Birch Select & BTR 4/4 5/4 6/4 8/4 1,500
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