Prime Grade A European Oak

Prime Grade A European Oak

Prime Grade A European Oak

Prime Grade A European Oak

Timber Specification for Prime A Grade European Oak


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Prime A Grade European Oak

Prime A Grade European Oak is highly desired as a decorative wood.


Very sought after for panelling and joinery. Also used for furniture and cabinet work, internal and external joinery, flooring, veneering and shopfitting.


Colour – Heartwood is yellowish brown or light tan to deep brown. Typically it has bands of large-pored early wood and dense late wood. The sapwood is the same but lighter. Silver grey figure on sawn quarter.

Grain – Usually straight, but may be irregular or cross. Distinct growth rings and broad rays produce an attractive figure when quarter-sawn.

Texture – Medium to coarse


Strength – Bending strength in air dried is high. Crushing strength or compression strength parallel to grain is also high. Hardness medium.

Weight – 670 kg/m³.

Ease Of Drying – Dries very slowly, liable to splits, checks, warps and honeycomb especially during the initial drying stages. A yellow stain, which eventually disappears, is also common during drying. Illingworth Ingham (M/cr) Ltd supply kiln dried stock.

Movement In Service – Moderate dimensional stability after seasoning. Exhibits medium movement in use.

Preservative Treatment – Heartwood’s exceptionally resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood permeable.

Working properties

Machining – Satisfactory

Sawing – Satisfactory

Blunting effect on cutters – generally moderate

Planing – When planing a reduced angle of 20 degrees is recommended for cross and irregular grained woods.

Carving – Good

Turning – Good

Gluing – Good

Nailing – Difficult, should be pre-bored

Screwing – Difficult, should be pre-bored

Steam Bending – Very good. Moisture content should be reduced to 25% before steam bending. The best material should be dried slowly during the setting period.


Takes a high polish and good for staining.





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