Steamed Beech Cut to Size

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Estimated dispatch 08/12/2023

Originating from Europe, our Cut-To-Size Steamed Beech Timber is pale in colour, turning a more reddish-brown with steaming. Featuring a straight grain with a fine texture, this is a versatile and smart hardwood material for a range of different projects.

Beech wood has a good strength and stiffness suitable for steam bending. Pre-drilling will be required if you're nailing and screwing. Responds brilliantly to glues, stains and dyes with good turning abilities.

Name: Fagus sylvatica

Country of Origin:Germany and France. European Beech originates from deciduous Fagus sylvatica trees; distributed in areas stretching from southern England down to Sicily and even northern areas of Turkey. These hardwood trees are typically found in hillside regions and favour a more humid, well watered environment with well drained soil. They also have a resilience to cold winter temperatures.

Uses: Shop fitting, furniture and joinery, high-end joinery, desks, breadboards, workbenches, musical instruments, toys, cabinets, flooring, turnery, veneers, picture frames and other decorative projects.

Woodshop’s Preferred Finish: Osmo Polyx hardwax oil 3062, 3032, 3044, Osmo Top Oil 3058, 3068.

Durability: Non Durable (Less than 5 years)

Density: Medium density - 720 (Kg/m3)

Colour(s): Creamy white, occasionally with a light brown, tan or pink tint.

The Timber: The fine, subtle grain, consistent texture and light complexion of Beech is what makes it stand out when compared to other timbers. There’s no visual or textural difference between the heartwood and sapwood, however, Beech will turn to a more reddish brown after cutting exposure. The natural lustre and lack of obvious grain pattern make it a great choice for furniture making and similar projects that require a high level of consistency between the various material pieces.

Strength: European Beech is brilliant for all indoor woodworking when cut-to-size, and boasts a strength that rivals that of Oak. Although it’s considered non-durable, Beech’s strength value will increase after sufficient drying has occurred. It’s also resistant to impacts, knocks, dents and heartwood decay but can be susceptible to insect attacks unless treated.

Working Qualities: Rated good - Beech turns, glues, screws and nails well and can be sanded to a beautiful smooth surface. It can also be stained and polished to a good standard. Pre-drilling is recommended when nailing and screwing. Capable of taking stains and polishes, beech will also glue readily and turn well.

Uses: Internal

Customer Reviews

111 Reviews

Planed hardwood arrived as advertised

by Jaevan.burrell (06/16/2023)

Order arrived on time. Product arrived in good condition and cut to the expected dimensions.

Lovely service!

by Mail (05/11/2023)

I’m just a hobbyist wood worker and haven’t got the space for all the equipment needed to machine up timber for my projects. This was the first time I’d used woodshop and certainly won’t be the last! Timber arrived on time stated and was absolutely Mk perfect!

Good, well cut, delivered on time.

by Silhouettes (02/13/2023)

Good quality wood, beautifully cut to size and delivered in record time. A***

Good product and company.

by Hansthomas13 (08/24/2022)

Beautifully machined. Extremely well packaged. Delivered ahead of schedule. I would recommend.

Superb Timber

by Leigh.maher (07/25/2022)

Really nice quality timber machined accurately and well packed for delivery.

Quality product

by Surgeoncyprus (06/29/2022)

Good stuff. Nice product, very well presented. Very pricey delivery fee, though.

Excellent quality

by D.budge (06/02/2022)

Great quality , slow to come and expensive delivery costs?

Great, qualify beech wood

by Mervyncurrie1 (02/23/2022)

Very pleased with the quality of wood and the cutting to size. Arrived several days before what was initially indicated.

Excellent service. Excellent product.

by Jhtherep (12/22/2021)

Excellent service. Excellent product

exactly what I needed

by Slaw1963 (12/14/2021)

needed a a particular size of beech to repair a couple of chairs. woodshop direct was the only place I could find to source this. arrived within the stated time, very well packaged and exactly as described

Delivery Information

  • Express delivery on all orders once machined.
  • Click & Collect is available from our Falmouth store.
  • All orders are expertly packed to ensure against damages.
  • Delivery costs will be automatically calculated using the weight, size and delivery location of your order so delivery rates will vary. 

Palletised Delivery Information

  • Due to the size and weight of goods, some items will be sent via a roadside palletised delivery.
  • We will contact you prior to dispatch to arrange a convenient weekday delivery.
  • If a large curtain-sided lorry (the size of a double-decker bus) is unable to access/vacate your premises or pull-up outside the property (restricted access) your pallet may be sent on a ‘Book-In’ service, which means your local depot will contact you and arrange a date and suitable delivery transport with you. Your local delivery depot will call the next working day after dispatch to book the delivery with you for delivery within 5 working days.
  • If a large curtain-sided lorry (the size of a double-decker bus) is able to access your premises and pull up outside the property, your pallet can be delivered on the next weekday suitable for you. Please let us know by 11:00 am the day before, so that we can dispatch in time. 
  • Please be aware, if a forklift is unavailable at the delivery address (e.g. a residential address) people will be required to unload from the pallet by hand. This is for the health and safety of the delivery driver.

  • We use a third-party courier service who have a strict policy on abuse or harassment towards their drivers. In any case where there is abuse or harassment, the driver is within their rights to refuse delivery.

  • It is your responsibility to dispose of all packaging and pallets, this is for the health and safety of the delivery driver.

Please download Pallettrack's Home Delivery guide for more information on their roadside delivery service.



  • If you wish to arrange a collection with a courier of your choice then we are more than happy to package the goods for you. Please email us your full cutting list for specific prices and estimated weight and dimensions.
  • Contactless collection is an option for any order. Our collections take place at our workshop in Falmouth, Cornwall between the hours of 9 am-4 pm any weekday excluding bank holidays.
  • We will contact you once the goods are ready to collect, so a convenient timeslot can be arranged. 

Returns should be sent to the following address:

Sprucewool Ltd 
Bickland Business Centre
Tregoniggie Industrial Estate
Bickland Water Road
TR11 4SN

Please see our full returns policy in our terms of supply document (Clause 9)