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Don Orr
I've cut a lot of Beech for turning and found it difficult to dry without severe degradation no matter what I did. If I turn bowls to final thickness and let them dry, they will go wicked oval-think football shaped-but not split. Blanks that were waxed and stored just self-destructed. I've also cut billets for traditional plane bodies and have not had much success except for moulding plane size. It's really too bad as the wood works well and looks good to me. Great for kitchen utensils. If you can get it into a kiln with someone that actually knows what they're doing it might be worth the effort. Mostly I think it makes great firewood. They don't even make pallets from it anymore that I have seen.

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