Beech (European) 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Beech (European) 8/4 Lumber

$6.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $6.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $5.24 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details
  1. Enter your finished dimensions
  2. Tap "Add to List"
  3. Repeat for as many sizes as you need
  4. Add to cart when you're ready
Recommended Board Feet:
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About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

Beech lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

4" to 10" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S. Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project..
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

Free yourself from the dull old standard woods you're used to and experience the pleasure of crafting things out of beech. It has the strength of hard maple and a perfect color consistency. Be wary of staining this wood because it doesn't take stains very well - a good clear finish like lacquer or varnish is all it needs. Everything from your hand planes to your three-horse-power router will handle beech without a skip.

About Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

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Weight

3.58

lbs /Bd. Ft.
Same as red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

1440

Janka Rating
11.63% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.72

Specific Gravity
12.50% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 6/10
Red Oak

map of where Beech tree grows
Beech is an exotic wood from Europe

A moderately hard, straight-grained, even-textured wood with great strength properties. Works well with hand and machine tools.

color of Beech
Color Range
Even pale yellow to light tan with distinctive and characteristic dark specks.
the Beech tree
What's The Tree Like?
Called Queen of the Woods because of their large size and stately appearance. Beech trees are reported to commonly reach 100 feet. Trunk diameters are often 4 feet.
other names for Beech
Other Names
Beechwood, European Beech, English Beech, Carpathian Beech, Spanish Beech, French Beech, Romanian Beech, Japanese Beech
uses for Beech
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, chairs, workbenches, carvings, toys, plywood, veneer, flooring.

Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
4.7
out of 5
5 (18)
4 (2)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (1)
Would recommend this product?
95.2%
4.7
out of 5
5 (18)
4 (2)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (1)
Would recommend this product?
95.2%
21 Total Reviews
August 2, 2020
5 out of 5
Exactly as described
Review by  Andrew from Ohio
Ordered a piece of Beech lumber simply to mount a hangboard to. I was having trouble locating a local lumber supplier during these crazy COVID times, so I'm thankful Woodworker's Source is here. The dimensions were exactly as I requested and the board was packaged well and damage free when it arrived. Also arrived quicker than expected so that was nice.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
July 26, 2020
5 out of 5
Some 8/4 Beech
Review by  John Blades  from Greenwood LA
I have made several orders in the last year from here an have not been disappointed with anything I received. The 8/4 Beech was just what I needed this last order
Verified Buyer
Recommended
July 11, 2020
5 out of 5
8/4 European Beech
Review by  Anonymous 
Beautiful wood.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 29, 2020
5 out of 5
Great Service and Support!
Review by  Curtney from Stockton, CA
Received the order in a timely manner free of defects.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 27, 2020
5 out of 5
Great experience
Review by  Don from Washington State
Good quality good packaging would definitely buy again
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 7, 2020
5 out of 5
Router table dovetail jig
Review by  Anonymous 
Board was straight and true with only a very small knot
Verified Buyer
Recommended
21 Total Reviews
Videos, Articles, and Project Photos to Help You Do Woodworking
What's 4/4, 8/4, 12/4, etc.?
Understanding hardwood lumber starts right here with these wacky fractions.
Lumber Grades Explained
If you're expecting perfect clear lumber 100% of the time, you're in for a surprise. Here's a summary of the hardwood lumber grades and what to expect from them.
3 Steps To Figure Out How Much Lumber You Need
Board feet isn't your everyday kind of math, but these three simple steps make it easy to figure out your project.
Project Planner Worksheet
Here's a handy (and free) Excel worksheet that helps you estimate the lumber needs for your project.
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