AMERICAN WHITE OAK
White oak, chestnut oak, overcup oak, sawmp chestnut oak (USA).
Eastern USA and South Eastern Canada.
Straight grain, with the characteristic silver grain on quartered material. Medium to coarse textured.
Varies in color from pale yellow-brown to biscuit with a pinkish tint, similar to European oak.
Average 760 kg/m3 (47 lb/ft3).
Bending strength – Medium
Crushing strength – Medium
Stiffness – Low
Steam bending – Excellent
Dries relatively slowly with a tendency to check, split and honeycomb, and requires careful handling for air drying and kilning. There is medium movement in service.
Vary according to rate of growth. Slow grown oak being much easier to work with hand and machine tools. The timber takes nails and screws well, although pre-boring is advised; its gluing properties are variable; stains and polishes to a good finish.
Logs are liable to severe insect attack. The heartwood is durable and extremely resistant to preservative treatment, and the sapwood is moderately resistant.
Furniture and cabinet making
Parquet and strip flooring
Pews and pulpits