American White Oak Hardwood Timber


Timbersource are a leading online American White Oak timber merchant in the UK.
Take a look at the benefits of American White Oak timber and how to order, below.

What is American White Oak Timber?


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.
 

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The Tree

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).

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.

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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.

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Strength and Durability

It compares fairly closely with European oak in general strength, but on the whole, its higher density provides rather higher strength. American White Oak is moderately durable. Heartwood is resistant to decay and extremely resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment.

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Physical Properties

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

 

What is FAS Grade?

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Timbersource are a leading online timber merchant in the UK, supplying American White Oak timber to the joinery, carpentry, construction and building trade at competitive prices. To Contact Us click HERE

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Shepton Mallet, Somerset,
United Kingdom
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