Monday, 10 December 2018 20:34

Yellow Birch for Cabinetry and More

When Yellow Birch is brought up to those in the hardwood lumber industry, many times the first thing that comes to mind is using it in plywood. However, there is much more to this specie than just that.  It can be a great choice for many other applications.

For example, recently the cabinet industry has seen an increase in demand for painted cabinet finishes. The natural characteristics such as grain pattern and color of some of the more unique hardwood species like Walnut, Cherry or Oak were what got the most attention in years gone by. However, that seems to have shifted. With painted cabinets in colors like whites, creams, neutral pastels, or even grays and blacks have been where designers have shifted their focus. Birch DSC8501 3

With this shift, we have seen an increase in demand for paint grade hardwoods for many cabinet manufactures. One of these being Yellow Birch. Customers have opted to go with Yellow Birch, as a substitute for Hard or Soft Maple in cabinetry applications because Birch is a hard and strong, close-grained wood, with a very subtle, indistinct grain. As a side benefit, Yellow Birch is often cheaper per board foot than Hard and Soft Maple.

Yellow Birch is not just a solid choice for cabinets, it is also found in other products such as furniture, furniture legs, interior trim, architectural woodwork, posts, and even hardwood flooring due to its heavy, hard, and strong qualities.

Commonly harvested throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and the New England states, even into parts of the Appalachian regions, we have sawmills throughout the areas that Yellow Birch grows. We also work with long-term partner mills we feel can provide our customers with the fiber they need to fit their production requirements.

Generally ,we stock Yellow Birch in 4/4 and 5/4 thicknesses, with some limited availability in thicker and color selected stock. We can even surface (S2S) or straight line rip (SLR2E) Yellow Birch upon request.

Curious about exploring Yellow Birch for your application? Or maybe you have other ideas on species to try. Either way, let us know how we can help!

Brett Del Prince
Baillie Lumber
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