Please note if FSC/PEFC certified wood is required please specify at time of placing an order.
American White Oak is widespread, abundant and secure globally. It can vary in colour, characteristics and properties according to growing regions so we recommend you work closely with Illingworth Ingham (M/cr) Ltd to make sure the American White Oak you order is suited to our needs.
Kitchen cabinets, doors, construction, furniture, flooring, architectural joinery, exterior joinery, mouldings panelling, railway sleepers, timber bridges, barrel staves, coffins and caskets.
Colour – The narrow sapwood of American White Oak is nearly white in colour. The heartwood is pale brown, may be cream to very light brown, occasional reddish tinge.
Grain – Bold, straight, moderately open with occasional wavy pattern. Usually have strong contrast in grain.
Texture – Medium to coarse
Strength Low stiffness and good overall strength
Weight – 770 kg/m³.
Ease Of Drying – Air-seasoning occurs at a faster rate than average. Very little shrinkage. Kiln dries satisfactorily. Drying defects – grey-brown sapwood stains. Distortion and end splitting may occur and existing shakes may open up. Illingworth Ingham (M/cr) Ltd supply kiln dried stock.
Movement In Service – Good dimensional stability.
Preservative Treatment – Responds well to preservative treatment.
Machines – well
Sawing – Good
Hand Tools – works well
Blunting effect on cutters – generally moderate
Planing – Good
Boring – Good
Carving – Good
Moulding – Good
Sanding – Good
Turning – Poor
Mortising – Poor
Gluing – Good
Nailing – Good
Screwing – Good
Drilling – Excellent
Good for staining and polishing, satisfactory for varnishing and painting.