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Not All Oaks Are Created Equal

American Oak is made up of many species. The two main types of American Oak are White Oak and Red Oak. In general, the sapwood of Red Oak is light brown and the heartwood is often pinkish to reddish brown that tends to be accentuated with clear coatings

Since the early part of 20th century, American hardwood forests have been grown sustainably for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

One of the main species in these forests is American White Oak. Due to its light colour and attractive grain patterns, White Oak has become one of the most sort after export species globally. This prestigious timber has become one of the main hardwood species used in Australia by discerning architects, designers, and the timber industry.

If you are looking for American Oak, make sure you ask for the Original American True Blonde, genuine American White Oak.

American Oak is made up of many species. The two main types of American Oak are White Oak and Red Oak.

Britton Timbers is proudly one of the largest importers and stockist of American hardwoods in Australia and American White Oak. We stock a full range of White Oak sawn boards and supply in full or part packs as well as piece lot orders.

Britton Timbers also supplies American White Oak in finished products such as solid flooring, staircase components, mouldings, and lining boards.

American White Oak has many options

American White Oak is available in 19mm, 25mm, 38mm, 50mm and 75mm thicknesses and in both set & random widths. Best of all it is available in long lengths from 2.1 up to 4.8 metres. This length availability has significant benefits for many applications including commercial projects and flooring.

If you are looking for something even more unique, White Oak is also available in quarter sawn and curly figured grain patterns. The quarter sawn process exposes an amazing flake like pattern and significantly increases the stability of the timber.

Performance second to none

American White Oak has excellent overall strength properties relative to weight, making it a preferred hardwood species for structural applications*. The wood is hard and relatively heavy with good bending and compression strength but lower in stiffness. Structural testing carried out in Europe confirms that the white oak has greater inherent fibre strength than European oak. It has excellent steam bending capability. Being hard, stable when dry and easy to finish and stain, it is highly popular for furniture and flooring.

White Oak machines well, with good performance in nailing and screwing, although pre-boring is recommended. It glues well (although the inclusion of primers is recommended for structural gluing) and can be stained and polished to a very good finish. It has excellent drilling and finishing properties. The heartwood is resistant to decay and resistant to preservative treatment.

Where can you buy or get more information about American White Oak?

Britton Timbers is one of the largest importers and stockist of American hardwoods in Australia and in particular American White Oak. We stock a full range of White Oak sawn boards and supply in full or part packs as well as piece lot orders.

Britton Timbers also supplies American White Oak in finished products such as solid flooring, staircase components, mouldings and lining boards.

The Original American True Blonde,
genuine American White Oak.

* Source: American Hardwood Export Council

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