Quercus alba, spp.
White Oak, like Red Oak, grows broadly across the eastern half of the United States. Although in smaller quantities than Red Oak, White Oak is a ring porous species with a characteristic strong grain and rays that are longer and more pronounced than those in Red Oaks. The heartwood is light to medium tan; the sapwood is slightly contrasting creamy-white. White Oak typically grows more slowly than Red Oak, and produces lumber with a "softer" grain pattern. The pores in the heartwood are impervious to liquid, making White Oak suitable for cooperage.
|Furniture, cabinets, cooperage, windows and exterior doors, interior decoration including flooring, mouldings, and wall/ceiling paneling.
||Generally available in thicknesses 4/4 through 8/4. 10/4 and thicker available in more limited quantities.
||Moderate to valuable.
Relative Working Properties
||Resistance to splitting in nailing
||Resistance to splitting in screwing
|Specific gravity (12% m.c.)
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