White Oak
White Oak (Quercus alba)
Family - Fagaceae
Distribution - Canada and USA
Characteristics: American white oak varies in colour, ranging from pale yellow-brown to a pale reddish-brown, often with a pinkish tint. The grain is generally straight, and the texture varies from course to medium coarse.
Working qualities: Easy to work and can be finished smoothly if care is given. The timber can be glued, stained and polished, and takes nails and screws well. White Oak is rated as being durable.
Uses: Heavy construction, flooring, furniture, pews and pulpits, doors, counters, boats, agricultural implements and veneer. White Oak cooperage barrels are the only satisfactory timber containers for beer, wine and alcoholic spirits.