03 Apr. 2008|
Baltic birch wood shapes,deck end table plans,victorian style bird house plans - Plans Download
Description: Wood shredded into tiny chips (essentially sawdust, often from waste wood), combined with adhesives, and then heated and compressed to form sheets. Pros: It is inexpensive, readily available in a variety of colors and in wood-grain patterns, and has an easily cleaned surface. While America's native northern tribes preferred the white, or paper, birch (Betula papyrifera) for their extraordinarily engineered, lightweight canoes, it was Betula alleghaniensis, the yellow birch tree, that greeted colonial settlers and quickly became a staple for furnituremaking. With a nearly white sapwood and cream-to-tan heartwood, yellow birch is nearly as dense as hard maple, but can prove brittle.
The hard, close-grained wood found its way into Windsor chairs, tables, and any other furniture that was destined to see hard, daily use.
Reduced availability outside of birch's northeastern region has subsequently raised its price to a point on par with hard maple. Because birch can be prone to blotchiness when dyed or stained, test your finish on scrap before you start your project.
But because birch is rarely sorted, you can sometimes score highly figured wood, right below, on the cheap just by picking through the bin.