White Oak: Quarter/Rift Sawn Lumber

White Oak is the most prized quartersawn lumber. Quartersawn White Oak is used for Greene and Greene, Arts and Crafts style furniture furniture. Quartersawn White Oak has a great fleck produced when the lumber is quartersawn.

The light tan background color of white is also highly prized and currently in high demand. Rift Sawn white oak has straight grain, minimal to no flecking, and is in high demand for woodworking, flooring, architectural mill work, etc.

White Oak: Quarter/Rift Sawn Lumber


Origin of Wood TypeThe U.S.
Botanical NameQuercus Alba
Specific Gravity.73
Avg. Weight Per BF4.2 lbs
Color RangeLight tan to brown
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor20%
Wood UsesWoodworking, furniture, cabinetry, trim, and rustic applications
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names American White Oak or White Oak