White Oak

Scientific name: Quercus alba L.

Other names: English: White Oak

Geographic origin: North America.


&;8226; Sapwood: cream-colour.
&;8226; Heartwood: light brown.
&;8226; Fiber: straight.
&;8226; Grain: medium size.

White Oak


&;8226; Interior and exterior country furniture.
&;8226; Hollow carpentry and paneling, interior and exterior: doors, windows, frames, platform, parquet flooring, friezes, molding, stairs.
&;8226; Decorative panels.
&;8226; Laminate boards.
&;8226; Cooperage.

Capacity of being impregnated

&;8226; Sapwood: medium capacity of being impregnated.
&;8226; Heartwood: no capable of being impregnated.


&;8226; Sawing process: no difficulties, excepting hardness.
&;8226; Drying process: slow. Risk of collapse and cementation. Risk of crack formation and sagging.
&;8226; Planing process and other processes: those ones characteristic of its hardness.
&;8226; Gluing process: difficulties can arise from the use of alkaline glues and acid adhesives.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: easy.
&;8226; Finish: easy.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity 740 kg/m3 heavy wood.
&;8226; Dimensional stability
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.43 % stable wood.
- Relation between contractions 1.95% tendency to deformity.
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 5.1 hardwood .

White Oak

Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 1,050 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Elasticity module 123,000 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to compression 513 kg/cm2.

White Oak