The natural range of beech in the U. S. extends from
Maine to northern Florida and westward from the Atlantic coast into Wisconsin, Missouri, and Texas.
Beech is used in the manufacture of furniture, especially chairs; veneer, kitchen cabinets; and architectural woodwork. Its ability to maintain curvature after bending has led to increasing use for curved chair parts.
The wood is hard, strong, and machines well. Because its physical and mechanical properties are so balanced, it rates highly for nearly all wood-machining processes. It also has no characteristic taste or odor, making it suitable for woodenware, food containers, and novelties. It shrinks substantially during seasoning and requires maximum care to avoid checks, warping, and discoloration. It's typically kiln dried from the green condition to minimize these problems. This requires 12-15 days for 1-inch lumber.
(RS Boone, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
Below are examples of different finishes