Oak Planed Timber

Our oak planed timber is guaranteed to be of the highest quality available. Sourced from sustainable sites before being selected by our experienced team, each piece can be custom made to your exact specifications when you use our cutting calculator. Simply enter your desired machining method, length, width, and thickness, and we’ll deliver your order within just 5-10 working days.

If you have any questions regarding the required dimensions for a given project, feel free to contact Timbersource today. We have over 50 years of industry experience, and an extensive inventory of premium timber, so we can provide complete support.

The Benefits of Oak Planed Timber

Part of our European Hardwoods range, we source our oak timber from the Burgundy and Dole regions of France, where the trees naturally grow slowly, providing them with a distinctive golden brown colour. Oak is remarkably strong and durable wood, with the benefits of oak planed timber from Timbersource being prized for numerous uses, including furniture building, heavy or light construction, and flooring.

Machinability varies piece by piece, but oak is good for nailing and screwing, and glues, waxes, and polishes well.

Once steamed, the benefits of oak planed timber are augmented by its ability to bend easily, though there is a risk of splitting when the wood is drying, and honeycombing often results if this process is forced. We usually use quarter oak planks which feature an aesthetically pleasing medullary ray along the surface. Our oak is generally kiln dried to 27mm- 800mm thickness, though we can also provide 100mm well air dried log sawn. We can also supply ‘Cats Paw’ oak in 27mm thickness.


What is American White Oak?

American White Oak Timber (Quercus Alba) is distinct from Western Europe Oak (Quercus Robur & Petraea). It is generally produced from a smaller log and is less durable than the European variety. However it is very popular for interior joinery, furniture and kitchens. Thinner boards are price competitive but this may change for boards over 50mm thick. Grade mainly FAS but also #1cmn & btr in 25mm thick is often used by volume furniture producers.

Latin name Quercus spp, Quercus alba, Quercus prinus, Quercus montana, Quercus lyrata, Quercus michauxii.

Also known as American white oak (Q. alba), chestnut oak (Q. prinus, Q. montana), overcup oak (Q. lyrata), swamp chestnut oak (Q. michauxii).

American White Oak Introduction The Fagacae family includes some fifty species of the genus Quercus, producing the true oaks of North America, but many of these are so small in size or found in such limited quantities that they are of no commercial importance. Some twenty species are important but since it is difficult to distinguish between the wood of individual species it is common practice to group them either as red or white oak.

White oak group timbers are characterised by the small, late-wood pores fine and numerous, not easily distinguished without a magnifying glass. Large pores of the heartwood filled with tyloses in heartwood.

Environmental Not listed in CITES. Available from well-managed sources.

Distribution From southern Quebec and Ontario to eastern Minnesota and Iowa, extending eastward to the Atlantic and southward through the lower western slopes of the Allegheny and Appalachian Mountains.


American White Oak Properties

The Tree The white oaks vary in size and form according to species and soil conditions, some are unsuitable for timber production. But others vary in height from 15m to 30m, well-grown specimens having a clear cylindrical bole of up to 15m with a diameter of about 1.0m.

The Timber Although generally resembling European oak, American white oak is more variable in colour, ranging from pale yellow-brown to pale reddish-brown, often with a pinkish tint. The multi-seriate rays are generally higher than those of the red oaks producing a more prominent and attractive silver-grain figure on quarter-sawn surfaces. The grain is generally straight, and the texture varies from coarse to medium coarse. As with the red oaks, the quality depends greatly on the conditions of growth; slowly-grown northern white oak usually being lighter in weight and milder, than that from the southern states.
The Appalachian Mountains used to provide beautiful mild white oak greatly esteemed for furniture and cabinet-making, but much of this forest area has been destroyed in recent years due to open-cast coal mining activities. Southern white oak is typically fast grown, and with its wide growth-rings is relatively coarse and more suited to constructional use. White oak weighs about 770 kg/m³ when dried.

Drying Like all the true oaks the timber dries slowly, with a tendency to split, check and honeycomb.

Strength It compares fairly closely with European oak in general strength, but on the whole, its higher density provides rather higher strength.

Durability Moderately durable. Heartwood is resistant to decay and extremely resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment.

Chemical Properties Acidic nature, iron staining may occur in damp conditions. May also corrode metals.

Physical Properties Heavy and hard. Medium bending and crushing strength properties, but very good in steam bending. Southern White Oak is heavier and harder.

Texture Medium.


Working with American White Oak

Working Qualities Medium - Variable in working properties according to rate of growth, slow-grown material being easier to work than fast-grown, but either type can be finished smoothly if care is taken. A reduction of cutting angle to 20º is often helpful in planing. The timber can be glued, stained and polished, and takes nails and screws well (also reacts with iron). Machines well. Can be susceptible to movement in performance.

Use(s) Construction, Furniture, Flooring, Architectural Joinery, Exterior Joinery, Mouldings, Doors, Kitchen cabinets, Paneling, Barrel staves.

Treatability Extremely difficult.

Moisture Movement Medium.

Density (mean, Kg/m³) 770.


Buying American White Oak from Timbersource

Availability Readily available.

Colour(s) White/cream, Yellow brown (pale yellow to mid-brown).

Widths 100mm- 225mm, but 250mm & wider premium price bundles may also be stocked.

Lengths mainly 2.4m, 3.1m, 3.6m and some 4.2m.

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What is European Oak?

There are four good reasons why we are the preferred supplier of European Oak timber for discerning buyers.

Finest Quality

European Oak, or French Oak, is grown across the whole country, but we predominantly source timber from the Burgundy and Dole regions. That’s because this area of France is close to the Swiss border and the trees here tend to grow more slowly due to the relatively harsh conditions. This gives the timber a consistent golden brown colour so you’ll tend to have less variation within your order.

We also stock a small amount of light ‘Cats Paw / Pippy' Oak in 27mm thickness. This is hedgerow-grown Oak and less intensively managed. As a result it has a beautiful character and is suitable for a range of different uses.

Quarter sawn oak planks are especially prized – they have an interesting medullary ray visible on the surface, which is aesthetically pleasing, but they are also more stable. We can exclusively select these premium boards if you require and you can even come and pick your own boards.

Oak takes a long time to dry and is generally kiln dried in only 27mm - 80mm thicknesses. However we do stock 100mm well air dried log sawn boards which are also usually wide and long.

Very Keen Prices

We deal direct with sawmills in France, thereby cutting out the middleman. This keeps our prices very competitive.

Service that makes it easy for you

We have our own mill and machine shop so we can do all the preparatory work, saving you valuable time and effort.

We can re-saw your timber to specific widths, easing handling and lessening the time spent converting. The product is straight, and consistent which makes it so much easier for planing, moulding or converting the timber.

We also offer planing, profiling and sanding timber services, saving you even more time and effort.

Finally, when we receive your cutting list we calculate the final lump sum price, including any planning or sanding.

You don’t have to calculate the costs yourself and means you instantly know exactly what you’ll have to pay.

Speed of Delivery

We carry ample supplies in stock, including beams. Because we have our own machine shop we can prepare everything on site - you can have whatever you require without delay.

You can collect from our yard or we will deliver to any part of the country. Delivery is usually made by lorry (curtain sided for kiln dried timber) or van if it's a small, urgent order. Our regular drivers have considerable timber experience and we are often complimented on their helpful attitude and careful handling of the timber.


Latin name Quercus robur, Quercus petraea, Quercus sessiliflora, Quercus pedunculata

Also known as European oak, English oak, French oak, Slovanian oak, Polish oak

Introduction The genus Quercus with more than two hundred separate species produces the true oaks. Most of these are found in the northern hemisphere where, in temperate regions they may form pure stands, or may be dominant species in mixed wood lands, while in warmer countries they tend to occupy the mountain areas. Most of the true oaks are trees but some are shrubs. The trees, on the basis of wood structure, fall into three groups; the red oaks, the white oaks, and the evergreen oaks or live oaks; the red and white oaks are deciduous.
Descriptions of the species that occur within Europe are as follows. European oak
Quercus petraea Liebl. (Q. sessiliflora Salisb.) and Q. robur L. (Q. pedunculataEhrh.) known also as English, French, Polish, Slavonian, etc oak, according to origin.

Environmental Not listed in CITES. Available from well-managed sources.

Distribution Q. petraea produces the sessile or durmast oak, while the pedunculate oak is produced by Q. robur: both species occur throughout Europe including the British Isles, and extend into Asia Minor and North Africa.


European Oak Properties

The Tree Both species reach a height of 18m to 30m or a little more depending upon growth conditions which also affect the length of the bole. When drawn up in forests at the expense of their branches, this may be 1 5m or so in length, but in open situations, the tree branches much lower down. Diameters are about 1.2m to 2m

The Timber There is no essential difference in the appearance of the wood of either species. The sapwood is 25mm to 50mm wide and lighter in colour than the heartwood which is yellowish-brown. Quarter-sawn surfaces show a distinct silver-grain figure due to the broad rays. The annual rings are clearly marked by alternating zones of early-wood consisting of large pores, and dense late-wood. Conditions of growth accordingly govern the character of the wood to a great extent; for example, in slowly grown wood the proportion of dense late-wood is reduced in each annual growth-ring, thus tending to make the wood soft and light in weight. The growth conditions in the various countries which export oak, vary considerably.
Baltic countries, including northern Poland, produce oak which is generally hard and tough, but further south in Poland the growth conditions become more favourable to the production of milder, more uniformly-grown oak, the rich black soil of south-east Poland producing the famous Volhynian oak, the character of this type of wood changing but little in countries in Central Europe such as Czechoslovakia and Hungary, but being generally a little milder in character in Yugoslavia, from whence Slavonian oak is shipped. The weight of oak varies according to type; that from the Baltic area, western Europe, and Great Britain being about 720 kg/m³ and that from Central Europe about 672 kg/m³ on average after drying.
So-called brown oak is the result of fungus attack in the growing tree. The fungus, Fistulina hepatica, causes the wood first to assume a yellow colour, then a richer brown or reddish-brown. A yellow-coloured streak sometimes appearing in oak is the result of another fungus, Polyporous dryadeus, but since very few tree diseases persist after the tree is felled, dried timber is no different from normal coloured wood, indeed, brown oak is often preferred for its decorative appeal.

Drying Oak dries very slowly with a marked tendency to split and check, particularly in the early stages of drying, and there is considerable risk of honeycombing if the drying is forced, especially in thick sizes. End and top protection must be provided to freshly sawn stock exposed to sun and drying winds, and sticker thickness should be reduced to about 12mm for stock piled in the open air during early spring and onwards until winter

European Oak Strength Both the sessile and pedunculate oaks have well known and high strength properties, and those hybrid oaks developed from both types and common throughout Europe, are similar in their strength properties.
* MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
Note: In BS 5268-2: 2002, there is a discrepancy between Tables 7 and 15 regarding characteristic density and Strength classes for use in joint design. The values quoted here should be used, rather than those included in the 14 March 2002 edition of the Code."

Working Qualities Medium to difficult - The working and machining properties of oak vary with the mild to tough material which either machines easily or with moderate difficulty. These basic properties are concerned with growth conditions, but they may be exaggerated by indifferent drying methods which allow plain-sawn boards to cup, or severe case-hardening to develop, causing excessive wastage in planing and moulding, cupped stock in resawing, and a greater degree of blunting of cutting edges. These must be kept sharpened, particularly where cross grain is present, and especially in planing highly-figured quarter-sawn surfaces where there may be a liability for the grain to tear out at the juncture of the wide ray-figure thus producing a shelly appearance. In general, oak finishes well from the planer or moulding machine although in some cases a reduction of cutting angle to 20° is preferable. The wood can be stained, polished, waxed, and glued satisfactorily, takes nails and screws well, except near edges, when the wood should be pre-bored, and takes liming and fuming treatments well.

Durability Durable

Treatability Extremely difficult
Easy (Sapwood)

Moisture Movement Medium

Abrasions Very Good

Density (mean, Kg/m³) 720 (Density can vary by 20% or more)

European Oak Texture Medium to coarse

Availability Readily available

Chemical Properties Iron staining may occur in damp conditions, similarly corrosion of metals.

Physical Properties High Strength properties. Medium bending and crushing strength. Low stiffness and shock resistance.


Working with European Oak

European Oak Use(s) Heavy structural use, Cladding, Joinery - Exterior, Joinery - Interior, Furniture, Flooring, Sleepers, Decking, Construction, Doors, Paneling, Timber Bridges, Coffins and Caskets, Architectural Joinery, Mouldings, Kitchen Cabinets, Barrel Staves

European Oak Colour(s) Yellow brown

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