white oak wood


North American White Oak is one of the finest North American hardwood lumbers and also one of the most spectacular trees.  This is the tree that is the symbol for the State of Maryland and the lumber used for the hull of “Old Ironsides”, the frigate Constitution.  White Oak lumber is used for the finest whisky barrels.  There have been many styles of fine furniture based on White Oak wood including Craftsman style and Stickley.

  • Fine textured lumber
  • Beautiful quartersawn flake
  • Straw color
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Characteristics of White Oak

Origin of Wood Type North America
Botanical Name Quercus alba
Specific Gravity 0.76
Avg. Weight Per BF 4.1
Color Range Pale Yellow
Rarity / Availability Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width 4″ to 15″, logs can be found up to 5′, which we usually quartersaw
Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 16′
Avg. Waste Factor 30% and up to 50% using quartersawn material
Wood Uses Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Construction Building, Timber Framing, Musical Instruments, Boat Building, Veneer and many other uses
Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, Select and Better, FAS, Quartersawn, Quartersawn (Figured), Flitch, Figured, Veneer, Clear / Premium
Other Trade Names American White Oak
White Oak Lumber Pricing
White Oak Hardwood Flooring

Sample Pictures of White Oak

Please Note: The photos below are examples of the species and may no longer be products available for sale.

All pictures of wood that appear wet, have been sprayed with denatured alcohol to show the natural color.  We use denatured alcohol because it evaporates and does not affect the moisture content.