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.
Furniture, cabinets, cooperage, windows and exterior doors, interior decoration including flooring,
mouldings, and wall/ceiling paneling.
Generally available in thicknesses 4/4 through 8/4.
10/4 and thicker available in more limited quantities.
Moderate to valuable.