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.
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.
Illingworth Ingham is a hardwood timber supplier in Trafford Park, Manchester. We stock a superior range of hardwood and softwood timbers, and offer the benefits of a excellent machining facilities. Being a family owned business we always aim to provide a personal level of service.