Paper White Birch Products

Paper White Birch (Betula papyrifera)

Tilo makes a number of products using paper white birch, including
  • architectural millwork
  • cabinets
  • doors
  • flooring
  • furniture
  • paneling

Browse our selection of Standard Profiles or talk to us about a Custom Profile using paper white birch hardwood.

General Description of Paper White Birch

Heartwood tends to be a light reddish brown, with nearly white sapwood. Occasionally figured pieces are available with a wide, shallow curl similar to the curl found in cherry. There is virtually no color distinction between annual growth rings, giving Birch a somewhat dull, uniform appearance.

Relative Abundance and Availability of Paper White Birch

.7 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available. Reasonable availability, but more limited if selected for color.

Working Properties of Paper White Birch

  • wood works fairly easily
  • glues well with care, nails and screws satisfactorily when pre-bored
  • can be stained to a good finish
  • takes stain extremely well
  • dries slowly with little degrade but has moderately high shrinkage, so it's susceptible to movement in performance
Machining  1 Star
Nailing 1 Star
Screwing 1 Star
Gluing 2 Star
Finishing 4 Star

Physical Properties of Paper White Birch

Birch is heavy, hard and strong. It has very good bending properties, with good crushing strength and shock resistance.

Strength And Mechanical Properties (inch-pound) (a)
Moisture content 12%
Specific Gravity (b)
Static Bending Modulus of Rupture (lbf/in2)
Static Bending Modulus of Elasticity (c) (106 lbf/in2) 1.29-2.26
Static Bending Work to Maximum Load (in-lbf/in3) 13.8-31.7
Impact Bending to Grain (in) 104
Compression Parallel to Grain (lbf/in2) 3,920-9,210
Compression Perpendicular to Grain (lbf/in2)760-1,980
Shear Parallel to Grain (lbf/in2)2,430
Tension Perpendicular to Grain (lbf/in2)680
Side Hardness (lbf)1,820
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