Species Profile: White Oak (Quercus alba)
White oak is native to North America and can be found throughout the state of Missouri. This hardwood tree can live 200 to 300 years. Out in the open, they grow short and stout, but in a forest where light is limited, they grow straight and tall. White oak’s cellular structure is made up of pores that are closed by tyloses, rendering it resistant to rot and water. This is why white oak was commonly used for building ships. Today white oak is used for outdoor furniture and projects, trailer decking, fencing, whiskey and wine barrels, veneer, cabinets, and much more.
Just like Red Oak, White Oak dulls woodworking tools. It is also not preferred for carving as it is so hard. The good news is that it is easy to stain and finish.