PROCESS FOR WHITE BEECH
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to periodical trend, the market of semi-finished
wood products in Europe repeatedly de-mands dry
beech with a typical natural pale colour turning
to grey-white for different end uses going from
furniture to interior design.
One of the main problems is that nobody really
knows what white beech means, and the absence
of standards and methods for grading creates confusion
and misunderstanding between buyers and sellers.
The general opinion is to consider white beech,
the sawn timber from 25 to 100mm thick with a
light and ho-mogeneous colour within the whole
cross section from the surface to the core.
Those characteristics are not easy to reach, above
all for large thickness timbers and during the
sum-mer. Many factors influence the colour of
the dried wood but the drying process, as well
as the operations before drying, such as the log
storage and the sawing process are fundamental.
This paper condensates the experiences and knowledge
of the authors and it reviews the main rules to
apply during drying in order to reach good results.
Key words: drying, beech, colour
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