Description: RIFT WHITE OAK 4/4"
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Price: $9.26/BF



Rift Sawn - Select & Better
4/4" Rough Cut - Lengths may vary

White Oak Rift Cut unfinished White Oak Rift Cut finished

Wood Description
The sapwood of White Oak is light in color and can range from a pale yellow-brown to a greyish-white. The heartwood may be either light brown in color, or a darker brown with deep, golden tones. The distinctive coarse texture and straight grain has longer rays than Red Oak. Fasting-growing Oaks, such as those grown in the South, produce wider, more prominent growth rings.

Rift Sawn
The technique of rift sawing is very similar to that of quarter sawing producing similar limitations and advantages. During rift sawing, the quartered log portion is turned slightly off perpendicular before cutting to not expose the medullary ray in an effort to minimize the amount of “flake” on the face of the board. Rift sawing produces a virtually straight grain appearance on the face of the board with little to no visible “flake”. The rift sawing technique also produces a measurable amount of log waste and yields narrower boards in relation to plain sawn lumber.

White Oak grows abundantly throughout the eastern United States, from the South, up through the Appalachian area, northward into areas of southeastern Canada. Oak is the most widely available American hardwood, with White Oak second to Red Oak in abundance.

Working Properties
White Oak is heavy, hard, and very strong. It is worked easily, by machine or by hand, although slow-growing Oak is much easier to work than the faster growing varieties, such as those that thrive in the South. While White Oak nails and screws well, pre-boring is advised for best results. To prevent the wood from reacting to iron, galvanized nails are recommended. Excellent results can be expected with staining, bleaching or pickling.

Main Uses
White Oak is a popular selection for flooring, stairparts, architectural millwork, pulpits and pews, furniture and cabinetry. Its water-resistant characteristics have made it a preferred choice for ship timbers, barrels and casks. White Oak is also widely used for paneling and decorative veneers. Alternate species can include Red Oak and White Ash.

Difference between Rift and Quarter Sawn