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

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
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hardwood lumber sizes
Beech lumber comes in random widths and lengths, with a uniform thickness.
Here's what you can expect:
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?"

4" to 10" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this wood.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range.
  • Request special width selection using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form.
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

6' to 14' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock at any given time. But there are some things to know:

No Minimum Purchase
We're easy to buy from! That means we can cut you a short piece(s) from long boards if you want.

Length Shipping Restrictions

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)

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 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
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

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 article if you want the full explanation.

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
4.6
out of 5
5 (11)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (1)
Would recommend this product?
92.3%
4.6
out of 5
5 (11)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (1)
Would recommend this product?
92.3%
13 Total Reviews
November 20, 2018
5 out of 5
Quality product
Review by  Bill from Lottsburg, VA
Love the Beech wood. Very dense and heavy. Needed a new saw blade to cut it. Beautiful grain pattern. Fast shipping. Was a little leery buying wood on line but Woodworkers Source knocked it out of the park! Great product and service!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
July 7, 2018
4 out of 5
Shipping is spendy
Review by  Cs from Minnesota
Wood was great, sent more than I ordered. Shipping cost twice as much as wood.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 31, 2018
5 out of 5
Workbench Project
Review by  George from Kilmarnock VA
Very informative website that addressed all my questions prior to the sale. My wood arrived well packaged, and undamaged. The wood is beautiful and fully meets my expectations. In all, excellent service!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 31, 2018
5 out of 5
Workbench Project
Review by  George from Kilmarnock VA
Very informative website that addressed all my questions prior to the sale. My wood arrived well packaged, and undamaged. The wood is beautiful and fully meets my expectations. In all, excellent service!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
October 27, 2017
5 out of 5
Wood Order
Review by  Rod from Maine
The order came promptly, was well packed and the lumber in better shape than I expected.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
September 24, 2016
5 out of 5
Beech (European) 8/4 Lumber
Review by  Anonymous 
Quick delivery. Well packed. Beautiful wood.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
13 Total Reviews
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