White Oak

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Quercus Alba

COMMON NAME: White Oak

White Oak rays are longer than in Red Oak. There are occasional crotches, swirls and burls, boards can appear to be plumed or flare-grained in appearance. The grain pattern is tighter, and figuring is usually lower than Red Oak. Moderately stable in service.An attractive but difficult timber to achieve joinery sizes. Sap and knot should be accepted as part of the character of the wood.

Description

COUNTRIES OF DISTRIBUTION: Canada & United States

ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE: Generally widespread and globally secure. Can be rare in some parts of its range.

HEARTWOOD COLOUR: Light tan or pale yellow brown to pale or dark brown. Variations in colour and grain are considerable, but not as pronounced as in Red Oak

SAPWOOD COLOUR: Whitish to light brown. Distinct from heartwood.

WORKING PROPERTIES: Bores, glues, sands, screws and turns easily. Pre-boring recommended for nailing. Moulding can be testing as White Oak is a brittle, hard and heavy timber. Tannins in the wood make staining difficult as timber can turn green in colour.

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