Scientific name: Castanea sativa Mill

Geographic origin: Europe and Asia.


  •  Sapwood: yellowish white colour.
  •  Heartwood: brown to salmon-pink brown colour.
  •  Fiber: straight.
  • Characteristic defects: knots and ring shakes.

Capacity of being impregnated

  • Sapwood: capable of being impregnated.
  • Heartwood: no capable of being impregnated.


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

Physical properties

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

Mechanical properties

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