LiveEdge White Oak


Species: White Oak

Length: 92"
Width (Bottom): 30"
Width (Middle): 38"
Width (Top): 25.5"
Thickness: 1.625"
Board Foot: 32.36 BDFT
Weight Estimate: 135 Pounds

Origin: Battleground, Washington

Shipping Information:

-Slab Ships From: Battle Ground, Washington
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-Phone: 360.601.8388

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Crafted with precision and attention to detail, this kiln-dried slab is project-ready, ensuring minimal wood movement and cracking. Our state-of-the-art iDry vacuum kiln removes moisture, guaranteeing its suitability for your project right away.

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Common Name(s): White Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus alba

Distribution: Native to the Eastern United States

Tree Size: Grows to heights of 65-85 feet (20-25 meters) with trunk diameters of 3-4 feet (1-1.2 meters)

Average Dried Weight: Approximately 47.0 pounds per cubic foot (755 kilograms per cubic meter)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): Ranges from 0.6 to 0.75

Janka Hardness: Measures around 1,350 pounds of force (5,990 Newtons)

Modulus of Rupture: About 14,830 pounds per square inch (102.3 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: Approximately 1,762,000 pounds per square inch (12.15 GPa)

Crushing Strength: About 7,370 pounds per square inch (50.8 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 5.6%, Tangential: 10.5%, Volumetric: 16.3%, T/R Ratio: 1.9

Color/Appearance: The heartwood of White Oak is light to medium brown, often with an olive cast. Paler sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. Red Oak (Quercus rubra) tends to have a slightly redder cast, but color alone isn’t always a reliable method of determining the type of oak.

Grain/Texture: The grain is straight, with a coarse, uneven texture.

Rot Resistance: White Oak is rated as very durable and is frequently used in boatbuilding and tight cooperage applications.

Workability: It produces good results with both hand and machine tools. However, it has moderately high shrinkage values, resulting in mediocre dimensional stability, especially in flatsawn boards. It can react with iron, causing staining and discoloration. It responds well to steam-bending and glues, stains, and finishes well.

Odor: White Oak has a distinct smell while being worked that is common to most oaks and is generally appealing.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are rare, oak has been reported as a sensitizer. Common reactions include eye, skin, and respiratory irritation, as well as asthma-like symptoms.

Pricing/Availability: It is abundantly available in a good range of widths and thicknesses, both as flatsawn and quartersawn lumber. White Oak is usually slightly more expensive than Red Oak, but its prices are moderate for a domestic hardwood.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices and is reported by the IUCN as a species of least concern.

Common Uses: White Oak is commonly used for cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, boatbuilding, barrels, and veneer.

Comments: White Oak is a strong, beautiful, rot-resistant, easy-to-work, and economical wood, making it highly valued by woodworkers. The wood has historical significance and is famous for the Charter Oak, which hid the Connecticut Charter of 1662 in its cavity to prevent its confiscation by the British.

White Oak

Identification: See the article on Hardwood Anatomy for definitions of endgrain features.
White Oak (Endgrain 10x)

White Oak (Endgrain 1x)

Porosity: Ring porous

Arrangement: Exclusively solitary earlywood pores in rows of two to four, latewood pores in a radial/dendritic arrangement

Vessels: Very large in earlywood, small in latewood; tyloses (small, bubble-like structures) abundant

Parenchyma: Diffuse-in-aggregates

Rays: Narrow and very wide, normal spacing

Lookalikes/Substitutes: Besides being confused with Red Oak (see notes below), oak species in general are sometimes confused with other ring-porous hardwoods like Chestnut (Castanea genus) and Ash (Fraxinus genus). However, oak species have very wide rays which make them easy to separate from other ring-porous woods, which generally have narrower rays.

Notes: White Oak heartwood tends to have tyloses (small, bubble-like structures) that can be seen in the large earlywood pores, while species of Red Oak lack tyloses. Additionally, ray height, when viewed on the face grain, tends to be taller/longer on White Oak (sometimes exceeding one inch in length). See the article on distinguishing Red and White Oak for more details.