White Oak Species
white oak

 

 

 

 

 


White Oak Description

Quercus alba

White Oak: aka Arizona Oak, Roble, Stave Oak, American White Oak.

Color: Sapwood is white to creamy beige color. Heartwood is light brown with grey to green cast. Some board may display light pinkish tint.

Grain: Open grain wood with longer, more prominent medullary ray than red oak. Plumed and flared grain, particularly on flat or plain sawn boards. Rift sawn shows tighter linear grain and less figuring; Quarter Sawn displays linear grain with flaking.

Janka Hardness: 1360 lbs of dent resistance; 5 % harder than Red Oak.
Finishing: Absorbs finish and stains well. Reaction to tannins in wood can change wood to greenish cast.

Notes: Tannic acids in White Oak protect this species from fungi and insects.


White Oak Technical Information

White Oak
Green
Dry
English
Bending Strength
8134
14455
psi
Crushing Strength
657
1049
psi
Hardness
1360
lbs
Impact Strength
41
36
inches
Maximum Crushing Strength
3489
7291
psi
Shearing Strength
1960
psi
Static Bending
3626
4704
psi
Stiffness
1225
1744
1000 psi
Work to Maximum Load
11
15
inch-lbs/in3
Specific Gravity
0.59
0.67
Weight
60
45
lbs/ft3
Radial Shrinkage
5
%
Tangential Shrinkage
10
%
Volumetric Shrinkage
16
%

 

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