European Oak Timber


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

What is European Oak Timber?


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.

European Oak is used for 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 and many more. 

 

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The Tree

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

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

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

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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. 

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. 

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Strength and Durability

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."

European Oak is durable with a medium moisture movement. 

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Physical Properties

The working and machining properties of oak vary with the mild to tough material which either machines easily or with moderate difficulty. 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.

European Oak has high strength properties. Medium bending and crushing strength. Low stiffness and shock resistance.

 

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

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