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White Oak
Quercus alba

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Commodity item, available in nearly all types, styles and sizes of flooring, including parquet, strip, plank and veneer, both unfinished and prefinished.

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Appearance

COLOR: Heartwood is light brown; some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight grayish cast. Sapwood is white to cream.

GRAIN: Open with longer rays than red oak. Occasional crotches, swirls and burls. Plainsawn boards have a plumed or flared grain appearance; riftsawn has a tighter grain pattern, low figuring; quartersawn has a flake pattern, sometimes called tiger rays or butterflies.

VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Considerable variation among boards in color and grain texture, but variations not as pronounced as in red oak. General Grading Rules / Oak Grading

Workability

SAWING/MACHINING: Excellent machining qualities.
SANDING: Sands satisfactorily.
NAILING: Good resistance to splitting; excellent holding ability.
FINISHING: Absorbs finishes more evenly than red oak. Does not bleach well.

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