Oak – White – American

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Botanical Name

Quercus alba

Other Names

American White Oak, White Oak

Main Color Group

Light Brown

Grain Pattern




Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3


Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3


Janka Hardness - LBF


Janka Hardness - N


White Oak has long been considered one of the preeminent hardwoods of Central & Eastern America. The trees commonly live for hundreds of years, if left undisturbed. The color of the heartwood can vary from a light golden tan to a light to medium brown. The grains are straight. Quartersawn examples often display the “fleck” figuring patterns for which oaks are known. Its renowned toughness and durability has seen White Oak used in boat building for centuries, as it also responds well to steam bending. Despite its large pores and generally coarse surface, the wood works, glues and holds a stain and/or a finish very well.


Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, boatbuilding, wine barrels, interior & exterior utility wood, and veneer.

Comments: The White Oak is the most durable of the oak subgroups; however, because of its high shrinkage rates, it has a resultingly suspect dimensional stability. Although it is commonly offered in both flatsawn and quartersawn boards, best results are always obtained by quartersawing.

Specimens have been documented to reach ages of more 450 years old; while one, still living (in Basking Ridge, NJ), estimated to be over 600 years old.

It should be noted that all Quercus-genus (true oak) hardwoods have been known to discolor when left in contact with iron.

Species Description: Wood Species

Oak - White R&Q
$21.0160.5 x 6.125 x 0.875 inOAKWHRQ1008

Open knots on both faces.

Oak - White R&Q
$25.6461.062 x 6.062 x 0.875 inOAKWHRQ1007

Clear two face.

Oak - White R&Q
$19.2360 x 4.625 x 0.9375 inOAKWHRQ1006

Clear two face.

Oak - White R&Q
$16.5361.75 x 4.25 x 0.9375 inOAKWHRQ1005

Open knots.

Oak - White R&Q
$97.0659.9 x 7.5625 x 1.75 inOAKWHRQ1004

Knot on both faces.

Oak - White R&Q
$75.7549.1875 x 7.1875 x 1.75 inOAKWHRQ1003

Knot on one edge.

Oak - White R&Q
$71.6660.125 x 5.562 x 1.875 inOAKWHRQ1002

Small knot both faces.

Oak - White R&Q
$80.0661 x 6.125 x 1.875 inOAKWHRQ1001

One edge is rough.


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