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White Oak

Other Common Names: Stave Oak, Ridge White Oak, Forked-Leaf White Oak and Fork-Leaf Oak

Northwest’s White Oak is grown in both the Glacial and Appalachian regions.

Strong, economical and rot-resistant, White Oak is very valuable to makers as an important source of wood for furniture, veneer, paneling, and flooring. The sapwood of White Oak is white to very light brown, while the heartwood is light to dark brown. It has more figure than red oak, with a distinctive open grain and coarse texture. Fast-grown oak, with wide rings, is stronger and heavier than slow-grown oak.

White oak is also used to make railroad ties, fence posts, mine timbers, ships, and caskets and whiskey barrels.

Grades Available:

PROPERTIES

  • Machining 5
  • Nailing 4
  • Screwing 4
  • Gluing 2
  • Finishing 5

    PROPERTIES OF White Oak

    When properly dried treated, oak wood glues well, machines very well and accepts a variety of finishes.

    HOW DOES IT COMPARE

    Lumber
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    Grain
    Alder, red (Western).414.47.35905,8209,8001,380Fine
    Ash.604.97.81,3207,41015,4001,770FIne
    Birch, Yellow.627.39.51,2608,17016,6002,010FIne
    Cherry, Black.503.77.19507,11012,3001,490Mod/Course
    Hemlock.454.27.85407,20011,3001,630Fine
    Hickory.664.98.91,8207,85013,7001,730Mod/Course
    Maple, hard.634.89.91,4507,83015,8001,830Fine
    Maple, PC.483.77.18505,95010,7001,450Fine
    Maple, soft.473.07.27005,2208,9001,140Fine
    Oak, red.634.08.61,2906,76014,3001,820Course
    Oak, white.684.48.81,3607,44015,2001,780Mod/Course
    Poplar, yellow.424.68.24505,2909,2001,500Fine
    Walnut, black.555.57.81,0107,58014,6001,680Medium
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