Yellow Buckeye, scientifically known as Aesculus flava, is a species of wood with a versatile range of uses. The sapwood is a creamy white and blends gradually into a yellowish or yellow heartwood. Logs can often discolour to a greyish brown in the centre. The texture of Yellow Buckeye is generally uniform and the grain is either straight or wavy. It is a popular choice for furniture, joinery, artificial limbs and many other applications. If available from sustainable and legal sources, Yellow Buckeye is a great choice for your next project.
Buckeye, Large Buckeye, Big Buckeye, Sweet Buckeye.
Yellow buckeye has only slight resistance to heartwood decay - moderatley durable.
The drying and seasoning of Yellow Buckeye is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Yellow Buckeye - Generally the wood seasons well with minimal degrade. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.
Yellow buckeye is light and soft, with low shock resistance. The wood works easily with hand tools but has poor machining qualities for nailing, screwing, shaping and copy-turning.
furniture, cabinet-making, flooring, turning, carving, veneer, inlay, toy-making.
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)
Commonly asked questions about Yellow Buckeye Wood
Is Yellow Buckeye a hardwood or a softwood? Yellow Buckeye is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Yellow Buckeye hardwood or softwood? - Yellow Buckeye is a hardwood.
Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Buckeye family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.
What colour is Yellow Buckeye? Yellow Buckeye can be described as brown, yellow/brown
Is Yellow Buckeye good for outdoor use? or is Yellow Buckeye good for exterior use? Yellow Buckeye is most suited for internal/interior use. Yellow Buckeye should not be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).
Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood