Birch

Birch SampleBirch’s botanical name is Betula alleghaniensis. It’s color is a cream or light brown tinged with red. The tree isthe largest of the North American birches. The tree usually reaches about 65 feet in height with a straight, tapering trunk generally about 30″ in diameter. Birch is a straight-grained wood with fine even texture. Heavy and very strong. Straight-grain lumber works well. however, swirly or irregular grain may be difficult to machine without tear out. Typical uses include furniture, joinery, flooring, turning, and high grade plywood. It is usually found in eastern Canada and the eastern USA.



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  • Tool Tote Project Posted on: January 1, 2007

    From the pages of Shopnotes issue number 91, I built the tool tote. It is made from 1/4″ birch plywood and required only 1 2′ x 4′ sheet to do the project. I think the most tedious part is laying out all the holes and slots for the tabs to fit in. The whole tote is assembled without glue, and fits together like a nifty puzzle. I’m going to half the dimensions for all the parts and make one kid-sized for my son.

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