Appearance

Color: Heartwood and sapwood are similar, with sapwood lighter in color; White oak tends to be a bit browner, darker and more yellow than red oak.

Grain: Open, slightly less coarse than red oak.. Plain sawn boards have a plumed or flared grain appearance; rift sawn has a tighter grain pattern, low figuring; quarter sawn has a flake pattern, sometimes called tiger rays or butterflies. White oak has a bit of a smoother look than red oak.

Variations: Over 200 subspecies in North America; great variation in color and grain, depending on the origin of the wood and differences in growing seasons.

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Above average in all machining operations.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed.

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: Stains well & demonstrates strong stain contrast.

Comments Origin: North America

Properties

Hardness/Janka: 1360 White oak flooring is a bit harder than red oak. On the Janka hardness scale, White oak is 1360 and red oak is 1290.

Dimensional Stability: Northern: average.

Availability: Varies in availability.