American White Oak

American White Oak


American white oak

Timber Specification for American White Oak



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American White Oak

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.

Working properties

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.

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