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Re: KD Beech for Flooring?

David Weaver
It's unstable before drying and will move a lot. It molds and splits easily when air drying and instability can last many years after it's dry. It's dull looking on its flatsawn face, and quartered is only stable in ideal wood that's also ideally saw. It has to be quartered or rift with ideal pith orientation on the mill. It still has mold, honeycombing, and cracking issues even when perfectly sawn. Most kiln schedules that I've seen along involve steaming.

Who will saw and dry it so that it's less expensive than mill run oak.

I build planes out of ideally sawn beech and really like it, but wouldn't like to deal with more commonly sawn lumber in any quantity.

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