White oak (scientific name: Quercus alba) has a heartwood of light to medium brown color with an olive cast. Sapwood is almost white to light brown and not distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is coarse and uneven, and its grain is straight.
White oak is commonly found in eastern United States. It is very durable.
Janka Hardness :
5,990 N (1,350 lbf)
Average Dried Weight :
755 kg/m3 (47 lbs/ft3)
Good results are achieved with either hand tools or machine tools. White oak turns well and responds well to steam bending. It is good with glues and stains and finishes well. Moderate to high shrinkage value results in poor dimensional stability, particularly in flat cut/sawn boards. It is prone to reacting with iron, especially when wet), which causes discoloration and staining.