This table uses some really nice reclaimed beech that we get from tobacco barns being torn down in the mid-south. The wood was originally used for roof rafters and your table may just have the nail holes to prove it. Beech is a great looking wood… full of reclaimed character and just as hard as oak or maple. I love working with beech because it was never widely used as a building material in this country and therefore does not turn up every day in the reclaimed world. Before the advent of the chainsaw beech was often considered too hard to cut down so it was largely ignored as a building material. Thus it is far less common than oak, fir and pine when it comes to reclaimed material.