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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 03-28-2017 03:30 AM

I use (American) beech pretty regularly – 300bf or so in the last 6 months. I’ve hit two boards that just wouldn’t mill flat, but other than that I’ve had no issues. Once it is dry and flat, it seems to stay that way.

It is a fairly easy wood to build with. Works well with power and hand tools. I’ve not encountered any reaction wood when ripping, unlike maple. Sands or planes to a nice, smooth surface and takes finish well.

The overall wood movement is a bit more than maple, but you’d never notice it with what you are building.

Also, why use dowels to locate the support slats? Screws would be much simpler, just drill pilot holes…

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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