Main Uses

Furniture, flooring, architectural millwork, moldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling, barrel staves (tight cooperage) and caskets.

Relative Abundance

15.1 percent of total U.S. hardwoods that is commercially available.

Fun Facts

Some tribes of American Indians boiled and ate white oak acorns.

General Description

The sapwood is light-colored and the heartwood is light to dark brown. White oak is mostly straight-grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak.

Working Properties

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

Physical Properties

A hard and heavy wood with medium bending and crushing strength, low in stiffness.  It has great wear-resistance.

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