White Oak

  • White Oak
    Revere 3/4" (800) in White Oak Select

General Info and Benefits

White Oak - Quercus alba

General Description
• 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 and therefore has more figure.

Physical Properties
• A hard and heavy wood with medium bending and crushing strength, low in stiffness, but very good in steam bending. Great wear-resistance.
• Since it reacts with iron, galvanized nails are recommended.
• Janka Rating System = 1360 (higher Janka rating = harder wood)

Where It Grows
• Widespread throughout the Eastern U.S.
• The white oak group comprises many species, of which about eight are commercial.
• The trees prefer rich well drained soil, and average height is 60 to 80 feet.

Relative Abundance
• 15.1 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available
• Readily available but not as abundant as red oak.

Did You Know?
• Native Americans and early settlers would boil and eat white oak acorns
• White oak is impervious to liquids, and has been used extensively for ship timbers, barrels and casks.
  • White Oak Select
    White Oak Select
    White Oak Select normally features a straight grain pattern and coarse to medium-coarse texture and it naturally contains small, linear pores which makes it more ideal for staining instead of painting. As a Select Grade material, it will have a reduced amount of small closed knots, pin knots, color and grain variation, although some mineral streaks may be seen on the face.
  • White Oak Finish Grade
    White Oak Finish Grade
    White Oak Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • White Oak Natural
    White Oak Natural
    White Oak Natural features a coarse to medium-coarse texture and naturally contains small, linear pores which makes it more ideal for staining instead of painting. It will also have an allowance for more color and grain variation, some sap, as well as small closed knots, and pin knots.
  • White Oak
    White Oak
    White Oak normally features a straight grain pattern and coarse to medium-coarse texture and naturally contains small, linear pores which makes it more ideal for staining instead of painting. When used for drawer boxes, it can have a reduced amount of small closed knots, pin knots, color and grain variation, although some mineral streaks may be expected.
  • White Oak Quarter Sawn
    White Oak Quarter Sawn
    Quarter Sawn White Oak possesses a straighter grain pattern and smaller allowance for color variation. In addition to its special appearance, it will have a reduced allowance for pin knots, small closed knots, and mineral streaks.
  • White Oak Quarter Sawn Finish Grade
    White Oak Quarter Sawn Finish Grade
    Quarter Sawn White Oak Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • White Oak Rift
    White Oak Rift
    Rift Sawn White Oak has a straighter grain pattern than other grades of White Oak and similar to a Select Grade it has a minimal allowance for color variation, small closed knots, and pin knots.
  • White Oak Rift Finish Grade
    White Oak Rift Finish Grade
    Rift Sawn White Oak Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • Plain Sliced White Oak
    Plain Sliced White Oak
    Utilized with Veneer Doors, Plain Sliced White Oak is similar in character to White Oak Select. This material may display more chevron or cathedral patterns in the grain, and the color is a consistent light yellow to pale brown, sometimes with a pink tint. The allowance for knots is typically reduced for veneer materials, though some mineral streaking may be visible on the face.