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White Oak

White Oak Species 

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Species - Domestic

Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish


Appearance

Color: Heartwood is light brown; some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight grayish cast. Sapwood is white to cream.

Grain: Open, with longer rays than red oak. Occasional crotches, swirls and burls. Plainsawn boards have a plumed or flared grain appearance; riftsawn has a tighter grain pattern, low figuring; quartersawn has a flake pattern, sometimes called tiger rays or butt

Variations Within Species And Grades: Considerable variation among boards in color and grain texture, but variations not as pronounced as in red oak.


Workability

Sawing/Machining: Excellent machining qualities.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed.

Nailing: Pre-drilling and hand-nailing may be preferred.

Finishing: During the finishing process, tannins at the surface can react with some liquids to turn the wood green or brown. This effect tends to be more pronounced with products that have a high water content, such as wood bleach & water-based finishes.

Comments Stains very well and accepts stain evenly. Origin: North America

Properties

Hardness/Janka: Janka: 1210 (6% softer than Northern red oak)

Dimensional Stability: Average (1-.5; 22% less stable than red oak)

Durability: Availability

Easily available.

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