Botanical terminology: Quercus alba

Origin: North America

Physical and Mechanical Properties

The wood is hard and heavy, with an average flexural and breaking strength, low values of flexibility, but very good resistance to steam bending. Good resistance makes it widely used by architects and designers in structural applications.

Working properties

It can undergo easy mechanical treatment, be easily nailed or screwed. As it reacts with iron, the use of galvanized or copper nails is recommended. The adhesive capacities vary, but it is painted with very good finishing. The wood dries slowly and caution is required. Due to its high shrinkage, it can be prone to variable humidity conditions.

Oak is used in construction, furniture, flooring, interior frames, exterior frames, decorative elements, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling, railway lines, wooden bridges, barrel boards.

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