White Oak

Scientific name: Quercus alba L.

Geographic origin: North America.


  • Sapwood: cream-colour.
  • Heartwood: light brown.
  • Fiber: straight.
  • Grain: medium size.

Capacity of being impregnated

  • Sapwood: medium capacity of being impregnated.
  • Heartwood: no capable of being impregnated.


  • Sawing process: no difficulties, excepting hardness.
  • Drying process: slow. Risk of collapse and cementation. Risk of crack formation and sagging.
  • Planing process and other processes: those ones characteristic of its hardness.
  • Gluing process: difficulties can arise from the use of alkaline glues and acid adhesives.
  • Nailing and screwing process: easy.
  • Finish: easy.

Physical properties

  • Apparent density at 12% humidity 740 kg/m3 heavy wood.
  • Dimensional stability
  • - Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.43 % stable wood.
  • - Relation between contractions 1.95% tendency to deformity.
  • Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 5.1 hardwood .

White Oak
Mechanical properties

  • Resistance to static flexion 1,050 kg/cm2.
  • Elasticity module 123,000 kg/cm2.
  • Resistance to compression 513 kg/cm2.

White Oak