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. White oak therefore
has more figure.
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. Can be stained with
a wide range of finish tones. The wood dries
A hard and heavy wood with medium bending and
crushing strength, low in stiffness, but
very good in steam bending. Great wear-resistance.
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Wood Species copy courtesy
(c) 2001, Hardwood Manufacturers Association