Ok maybe not rock hard, it's only European Beech. Moderately hard.
But it's a damn sight better than anything you'll find at Home Despot. This will be making the side skirts, legs and stretchers for my new workbench. The top will be composed of a laminated core of OSB left over from tearing down the hantavirus shed and faced with some more beech that will be coming in on Monday.
I'm excited to get started on this!