White Oak

  • Latin name: Quercus alba and related species
  • Common name(s): White Oak, with at least 10 commercially harvested members in this group
  • Sources: North America

CHARACTERISTICS: Sharp contrast between coarse early wood and smooth late wood. Early wood vessels are typically occluded with a substance called tyloses. Heartwood color is light brown to light gray to medium brown. Large rays produce pronounced flake appearance across the grain when the wood is quarter sliced. Rift cutting minimizes the flake appearance.

COMMON CUTS: Plain sliced, Quarter sliced, Rift cut

USES: Kitchen and bath cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork, molding, flooring, architectural as wall paneling, casework, office furniture.

AVAILABILITY: Common

PRICE: $$-$$$