White Oak



White Oak grows throughout the eastern and southern United States and represents 15% of commercially available domestic hardwoods. Trees reach average heights of 70 to 80 feet. Grain is straight and open.

Common Uses

Cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, boatbuilding, barrels, and veneer.


Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. Conversely, Red Oak tends to be slightly redder, but is by no means a reliable method of determining the type of oak.


Although dense, strong and durable, White Oak has excellent bending properties. It machines, nails, screws and finishes well. White Oak is an excellent hardwood for use in flooring, furniture, cabinetry, millwork and boat building.