Extensive information on domestic & exotic hardwoods.
White oak varies in color from light tan to pale yellow-brown with a pinkish tinge. It is similar to European oak. Straight grained with characteristic silver grain in quarter sawn wood. Medium to coarse texture. White Oak is somewhat more figured than Red Oak due to longer rays. Weight averages 45-47lbs cu. ft.
Appalachian Oak, Arizona Oak, Stave Oak, Cucharillo, Encino
Medium bending and crushing strength. Low stiffness makes it an excellent steam bending wood.
Pre-boring is advised, but takes nails and screws well. Gluing properties vary. Stains well and polishes to a good finish.
Heartwood is durable and very resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is moderately resistant. Logs are subject to severe insect attack.
Dries slowly with tendency for checking, splitting and honeycombing. Requires careful air or kiln drying. Medium movement.
Suitable for furniture, cabinetmaking, joinery, heavy construction, parquet and strip flooring, ladder rungs, plywood, veneers, paneling, railroad ties, shakes, shingles.
Grain may need to be filled to achieve smooth finish.