European White Oak

European White Oak is a hard and heavy wood with medium strength properties. The heartwood is light tan to biscuit coloured, usually straight grained, but irregular or cross-grained material can occur depending on growth conditions. Characteristic silver grain figure on quartered surfaces due to broad rays Oak has a very good steam bending classification, but is liable to blue stain if in contact with iron compounds.

Working Properties: There is a moderate to severe blunting effect on cutters, which should be kept sharp. Quatered stock requires a 20 degrees or moulding angle. The wood takes waxing, liming, fuming, and polishing treatments very well.

Durability: The heartwood is durable and extremely resistant to preservative treatment, but the sapwood is permeable. The acidic nature of oak will affect metals in direct contact and cause corrosion. Non-ferrous or galvanised metals should be used. 

Uses: The preponderance of tyloses in the pores of 'White Oaks' resist the passage of liquids and renders the wood ideal for cooperage of cognac, wine and beers.  For furniture, cabinet making, boat building, dock and harbour work, sea defences, railway wagons, ladder rungs, sills, thresholds, and for all purposes of exposure in contact with the ground with the ground. High class journey, coffins, ecclesiastical work such as pews, rood screens, pulpits and carvings. flooring, vehicle board bearers and floors in trucks. Beams are produced from selected logs for restoration work in old buildings.  

Botanical Name: Quercus robur, Ouercus petraea
Origin: UK & Europe
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Seasoning: Dries slowly and care is needed.
Working Qualities: In general, Oak finishes well from the planer or moulder although in some cases a reduction of cutting angle to 20º may be required. The timber can be stained, polished, waxed and glued satisfactorily, Pre boring when screwing or nailing near edges is recommended. It takes liming and fuming treatments well.
Uses: An ideal timber for many uses in boatbuilding. It is also used for high-class joinery, furniture, coffins, ecclesiastical works such as pews, rood screens, pulpits and flooring.
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Availability: Available ex-stock in Random Widths in 25, 40 and 50mm thicknesses.
Stocked: Yes


Durability In Ground: Perishable/Non Durable
Durability Above Ground: Durable


Density Air Dry: 690 kg/m3


Shrinkage Radial: 5 %
Shrinkage Tangental: 8 %

Mechanical Properties

Janka Hardness: 5.5 kN
Modulus of Rupture: 97 MPa
Modulus of Elasticity: 10 GPa
Max Crush Strength: 52 MPa
Strength Group unseasoned: SD5

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