Scientific name: Castanea sativa Mill

Other names: English: Chestnut

Geographic origin: Europe and Asia.


&;8226; Sapwood: yellowish white colour.
&;8226; Heartwood: brown to salmon-pink brown colour.
&;8226; Fiber: straight.
&;8226; Grain: medium size.
&;8226; Characteristic defects: knots and ring shakes.



&;8226; Interior and exterior country style furniture.
&;8226; Hollow carpentry and interior and exterior paneling: doors, windows, platforms, friezes, molding.
&;8226; Interior and exterior carpentry.
&;8226; Decorative panels.
&;8226; Cooperage.

Capacity of being impregnated

&;8226; Sapwood: capable of being impregnated.
&;8226; Heartwood: no capable of being impregnated.


&;8226; Sawing process: easy and with no difficulties.
&;8226; Drying process: slow. Risk of collapse, cementation and inside and outside crack formation.
&;8226; Planing process: easy.
&;8226; Gluing process: acid wood, risk reacting to alkaline glues.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: pre-drilling is required.
&;8226; Finish: risks derived from its acidity.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity 590 kg/m3 semi-light wood.
&;8226; Dimensional stability
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.39 % stable wood.
- Relation between contractions 1.54% no tendency to deformity.
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 2.5 Semi-softwood.


Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 710 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Elasticity module 100,000 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to compression 460 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to parallel traction 1,280 kg/cm2.