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Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Northeastern North America
The sapwood is a creamy white colour while the heartwood is a light red/brown. You will occasionally see a beautiful lazy curl in this wood, often referred to as flame. Oil finishes will make this flame figure jump out of the surface which will draw the eye. The lack of colour distinction between annular growth rings however, gives it a somewhat boring, homogenous appearance.
Works equally well with hand and power tools, keeping in mind that figured boards will be prone to tearout. There are no concerns with glues or finishes and it also turns well.
There really isn’t much that you can’t do with yellow birch. It’s suitable for furniture, decorative objects, doors, trim, and panelling. It is also one of the most widely used species for veneer and plywood.
Yellow birch is a great species to use as a secondary wood for hidden furniture components and drawer sides. Birch plywood is also a great choice for constructing frame and panel doors.