White Oak

White Oak

The heartwood of White Oak (Quercus alba) is light to medium brown with an olive hue. Sapwood is nearly white to light brown, and it blends nicely with the heartwood. It has a gritty, irregular texture with a straight grain.

White Oak hardwood lumber has a straight and open grain that reveals cathedral patterning on the face of the board when flat or plain sawn. Flat Sawn wood is more abundant and less expensive than rift or quarter sawed material, hence flat sawn boards make up the majority of our FAS White Oak.

White Oak has good bending qualities despite being dense, robust, and durable. It is well machined, nailed, screwed, and finished. This hardwood is ideal for flooring, furniture, cabinetry, millwork, and boat construction.

White oak can be found in the eastern United States. It is quite long-lasting.

Janka Hardness:

1,350 lbf

Average Dried Weight:

755 kg/m3 (47 lbs/ft3) is a density of 755 kg/m3 (47 lbs/ft3).


With either manual tools or machine tools, good results can be accomplished. Turns easily and bends easily with steam. It works nicely with glues and stains and has a nice finish. Shrinkage values ranging from moderate to high result in poor dimensional stability, especially in flat cut/sawn boards. While exposed to iron (particularly when moist), it reacts, causing discoloration and stains.