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White Oak
White Oak

White Oak

Availability

Janka Hardness

Specific Gravity

Location

  • Eastern United States.

Description

  • White Oak can have a fair variation in color ranging from a light to medium brown. The lumber has medium to large sized pores, with a fairly coarse texture but straight grain.

How well does it work?

  • White Oak’s workability can vary on the rate of growth. Slower growth White Oak is easier to work with hand and machine tools. The lumber takes nails and screws well, but pre-drilling is recommended. Gluing White Oak ranges from average to simple, and it stains and polishes to a good finish.

Seasoning and Durability

  • Drying White Oak can require special handling. Signs ¬†of improper drying is honeycombing. Heartwood has good rot resistance, making it suitable for boat building applications. Sapwood is considered to be moderately resistant.

Red Oak or White Oak?

  • Red Oak will have more open pores with smaller rays in comparison to White Oak. Heartwood of Red Oak is non-resistant to decay while the heartwood of White Oak is considered to be good for rot-resistance.

Toxicity

  • White Oak has been reported as a sensitizer, but severe reactions are quite uncommon. Common reactions are eye and skin irritation.

Common Uses

  • Cabinetry, furniture making, tool handles, boat building, plywood, and flooring.
  • * Stock is currently available in limited quanities. This generally means we have less than 500 BF, or the stock is either all narrow or an odd length.

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