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The chestnut is a deciduous tree of the Fagaceae family, as is the oak and the beech. It is one of the most productive deciduous species as it is widely available in France (except in the north-east region). The sapwood of the chestnut is white-yellow, its duramen yellow-brown and its medium grain has porous zones. Its special feature: it is very durable that allows exterior use.

Physical and durability properties of natural wood (besides sapwood)

  • Density: between 565 and 750 kg/m3 (medium-heavy wood)
  • Young modulus: 8,500 MPa
  • Monnin hardness: Soft to medium hard wood (1.5 < d < 6 N/mm)
  • Stability: Good
  • Fungal durability and use class: Class 3a lifespan > 100 years/class 3b lifespan between 50 and 100 years/class 4 lifespan between 10 and 50 years

Uses of the chestnut species

  • Siding / Cladding
  • Exterior layout
  • Woodworking
  • Carpentry
  • Interior layout
  • Parquet, wainscot
  • To make pickets and shingles

Special features of chestnut wood

Normal to slow drying
Pay attention to the direction of the fibre at the time of machining
Gluing: dense wood, acid, attaches easily with alkaline glues
Appreciated for its hardness qualities, flexibility and almost imputrescible
Finishes easily, works without particular difficulty
Can be lime washed

Origin France


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