Technical Wood Properties for White Oak Hardwood

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  • White Oak

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  • Scientific Name, Other Names: Quercus spp, Arizona oak, Stave oak, white oak, Swamp white oak, Brewer oak, Garry oak, Oregon oak, California white oak, Valley oak, Valley white oak,
  • Description: White Oak is often used for LTF, Laminated Truck Flooring. It is harder than Red Oak and slightly more durable. To tell the difference between White and Red Oak, look carefully at the end of a piece and look for open pores - if the pores are open than you are looking at Red Oak; if the pores are filled with cellulose and closed, then it is White Oak.
  • Janka Hardness: 1,360 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 15,200 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 1,780 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 900
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 7.4%
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.2%
  • About:
  • Family: Fagaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: White Oak can reach a height of 125 feet with a large diameter.
  • Geographic Area: Throughout the United States.
  • Color: Light to dark brown with light brown sapwood.
  • Photosensitivity: White Oak is nearly unaffected by light exposure.
  • Luster: Low luster
  • Grain: Straight grained
  • Texture: Coarse
  • Drying Characteristics: Moderate movement
  • Working Characteristics: Rated as easy to work, gluing and holding fasteners exceptionally well. It can split when nailed unless predrilled. It is rated as finishing well, but shrinks considerably.
  • Durability Rating: Rated as very resistant to heartwood decay
  • Applications: Ships, railroad crossties, timber bridges, tannin dyes, fuel wood, hardwood dimensions and flooring, furniture, veneer, plywood, barrels, kegs, casks, truck and trailer beds, mining timbers, containers, pallets, caskets, boxes, paneling, flooring.
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