Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of White Oak

Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of White Oak

Published on Friday, October 20, 2017

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Oak is perhaps one of the most recognisable and versatile timbers, often a popular product for timber enthusiasts across the globe. Is it perfect for your project?

What can white oak be used for?

White oak is incredibly versatile, meaning it can be put to great use by a range of timber professionals and hobbyists to create:

  • Outdoor furniture
  • Flooring
  • Boats
  • Barrels
  • Cooperage and staves
  • Flooring,
  • Interior furniture (particularly stunning chairs and tables)
  • Turnery
  • Baskets
  • Trim
  • Millwork
  • Veneers

What does white oak look like?

White Oak is straight grained with a medium to coarse texture. The sapwood is
nearly white in colour but the heartwood is light to dark brown. White oak has longer rays than red oak, and therefore has more figure.

White oak’s working properties

White oak dries slowly but machines nails and screws well (although pre-boring is advised). Since it reacts with iron, galvanized nails are also recommended. Its adhesive properties are variable, but oak readily accepts a stain so can be stained with a wide range of finish tones.


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White oak timber profile:

  • Strength: Good
  • Weight: 750kg/m3
  • Originates from: The Eastern half of the United States and south-eastern Canada
  • Potential tree height: 30m and 0.9m to 1.2m in diameter
  • Availability: Widely available
  • Fun fact: The bark from oak trees is rich in tannin

Have you given oak the OK? Call in to our Joinery & Woodworking Centre to see the stunning range of oak timber we have for sale. Our expert team will also be able to advise on the best products to choose for your project, from the timber itself to additional finishing touches.