Presumably this is more than 'a couple of lengths' you're looking for?
Over here (I'm in the UK) Beech is quite a cheap hardwood - small stuff
like you're asking about is commonly used for things like wooden spoons,
rolling pins etc. Beech tables/chairs are one step up from solid pine,
which is one step up from veneered MDF.
How much you want could make quite a difference to the options - if you
want a full container load then I expect it could become worth your while
Can you say what properties you want from it so the USians can suggest
suitable native woods, or does it have to match something existing?
It is very nice to work with BTW - but is useless in damp conditions.
Also the bugs love it, if you're making furniture.
It's fairly common to find "oak" furniture from between the wars made
with an oak face frame at the front, and cheaper beech for the
casework behind. Pick an old piece of that up, give it a good shake
and sometimes you can be left holding two front legs and a couple of
drawer fronts, the beech parts falling into a pile of frass!
I think I'd go back to the person who wrote the specs and ask why it's
important that the project use European beech. American beech is nearly
identical in appearance and physical properties, and I believe it would take
an expert to tell them apart. (Please note that I am not suggesting that you
should substitute American beech and tell your customer you used European
beech, but rather, that if the customer approves the use of American beech,
nobody *else* will ever know.)
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