Found throughout the eastern United States. Second most used hardwood, just slightly behind red oak.White oak along with red oak are the two woods that we most mill and dry ourselves.
The sapwood is light-colored and the heartwood is light to dark brown. White oak is mostly straight-grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak. White oak therefore has more figure. The sapwood of oak is white to very light brown, while the heartwood is light to dark brown in the white oak group and reddish brown in the red oak group. Oak wood has a course texture; it is heavy, straight-grained, hard, tough, very stiff, and strong. Fast-grown oak, with wide rings, is stronger and heavier than slow-grown oak. White oak is impervious to liquids.
White oak machines well, nails and screws well although pre-boring is advised. Since it reacts with iron, galvanized nails are recommended. Its adhesive properties are variable, but it stains to a good finish. Can be stained with a wide range of finish tones. The wood dries slowly. Produces good results with hand and machine tools. Has moderately high shrinkage values, resulting in mediocre dimensional stability, especially in flatsawn boards. Can react with iron (particularly when wet) and cause staining and discoloration. Responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well.
Furniture, flooring, architectural millwork, mouldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling, barrel staves (tight cooperage) and caskets. Lumber, railroad crossties, timber bridges, tannin dyes, fuel wood, hardwood dimensions and flooring, furniture, veneer, plywood, barrels, kegs and casks, truck and trailer beds, mining timbers, containers, pallets, caskets, boxes, paneling.
Thicknesses: 4/4, 8/4"
Widths: 6" to 9"+
Lengths: 6' to 10'
Surfacing: Rough sawn
Also available in Quartersawn/Rift and wider boards. We often have it in book-matched pieces.
White Oak Links:
The Wood database
The American Hardwood Information Center