Plain Sawn White Oak

AS STRONG AS OAK

A statement worthy of an American classic. 

American White Oak 

A classic American species found throughout the eastern and central United States. Typically reaching heights of up to one hundred feet, and known to live up to three hundred years in general, American White Oak has become an American classic. 

Species

White Oak can reach heights up to one hundred feet when fully mature, which usually takes about twenty years. It has a broad leaf which is capable of beautiful color changes in the Fall.

White Oak is often cultivated as an ornamental tree on account of it's beauty and colorful foliage. It has a large tap root, and not often found in urban area on account of this, it can destroy sidewalks and streets. 


Color

When our patrons aren't looking for a light wood, and they're not looking for a dark wood, we recommend White Oak. It's a nice neutral color, which fits in most environments. It stains easily and evenly, better than any other wood we're aware of. 

Usage

White Oak fits almost every application you would ever need. It works great as flooring, stair treads, molding, siding, furniture/ cabinet lumber, butcher blocks, and live edge slabs. 

It also works great in exterior applications. Architect Marlon Blackwell used White Oak for the facade on his award winning Keenan Tower House in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

White Oak is also used to make whiskey and wine barrels, and creates the mellow sound found in musical instruments such as the banjo. 

Fun Facts

White Oak became the state tree of Illinois, after being voted in by school children. It is also the state tree of Connecticut and Maryland. 

There is a White Oak tree in Wye Mills, Maryland called the Wye Oak, before being destroyed by a thunderstorm in 2002, it was estimated to be over 450 years old. 


The Charter Oak in Connecticut can be found on a Connecticut stamp, a Connecticut half dollar, and the United States mint Connecticut state quarter.

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We typically offer Plain Sawn White Oak in the following sizes and grades:

Scientific Sub-species Grade Features 4/4 5/4 6/4 8/4 12/4 Plywood Circle Sawn Live Edge Beam
Quercus Alba White Oak FAS Perfect color and grain on two sides
Quercus Alba White Oak 1FB One perfect face
Quercus Alba White Oak #2 Common Some knots, with mixed color

Scientific information about Plain Sawn White Oak:

Common Name(s): Plain Sawn White Oak
Scientific Name: Quercus alba
Distribution: Eastern United States
Tree Size: Tree Size: 65'-85' in height, 3'-4' diameter
Average Dried Weight: 3.91 lbs/bdft
Janka Hardness: 1,350 lbf (5,990 N)

Check out some species other than Plain Sawn White Oak

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WOOD IS UNIVERSALLY BEAUTIFUL TO MAN. IT IS THE MOST HUMANLY INTIMATE OF ALL MATERIALS FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, AMERICAN ARCHITECT