American White Oak  [Quercus spp]

Staircase, internal joinery, flooring, benchtops, wine barrels

 

Small volumes of White oak have probably been imported for special application for some time however the 1980’s saw the importation volumes commence to increase significantly.

 

There were moisture content problems with early shipments. The timber being dried to US standards of 6-8% lead to expansion of door panels and flooring as the timber took up moisture to local EMC’s. This was eventually corrected leading to the establishment of White Oak as a major cabinet species in the Australian market. Today it finds wide application in flooring, kitchen cupboard doors, and internal joinery as well as its traditional application in the wine industry.

 

White Oak has a very pronounced cathedral grain when back sawn, an air-dry density of approximately 750kg/m3 and is relatively easy to work. Bends readily when steamed. Generally available in 25mm 38mm 50mm and occasionally 75mm thicknesses.

 

Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, New South Wales – North Coast, Mid coast  and Central coast, Newcastle, Sydney , Wollongong ,Southern Highlands.