White Oak

Quercus alba, spp. White oak, like Red Oak, grows broadly across the eastern half of the United States. Although in smaller quantities than Red Oak, White Oak is a ring porous species with a characteristic strong grain and rays that are more pronounced and longer than those in the Red Oaks. The heartwood is light to medium tan; the sapwood is slightly contrasting creamy-white.

White Oak typically grows more slowly when compared to Red Oak, and produces lumber with a \"softer\" grain pattern. The pores in the heartwood are impervious to liquid, making White Oak suitable for cooperage.

Use:
Furniture, cabinets, cooperage, windows and exterior doors, interior decoration including flooring,
mouldings, and wall/ceiling paneling.

Availability:
Generally available in thicknesses 4/4 through 8/4.
10/4 and thicker available in more limited quantities.

Price:
Moderate to valuable.