White Oak

White Oak ranges from nearly white sapwood to a darker gray brown heartwood. Many grain patterns are obtained from different sawing or slicing angles. A popular choice is quarter sawn lumber. However, because of the cutting technique, the boards are relatively narrow and must be laminated. Besides good appearance, White Oak has exceptional strength, hardness, waterproof and bending qualities.

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. It is characterized by longer rays than Red Oak. White Oak undergoes a medium degree of color change; it turns a slight amber over time.

White Oak wood is relatively dense and is used for a range of millwork applications. Its timber is available for sawn lumber production, veneer and flooring. In fact, many clients request that the staircase be constructed of White Oak to match their flooring.


Strong, stain grade, readily available


Scarce wide boards

White Oak
White Oak

The pores of the heartwood of white oaks are usually plugged with a membranous growth known as tyloses. This makes it impenetrable to liquids.

The lumber is strong and machines well.

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