What makes quarter sawn white oak so special is its appearance. It's one of the few woods that reveal stunning rays, or fleck figure - and that's the kind of white oak that's characteristic in arts and crafts, mission, or craftsman style woodwork. The wood makes exceptionally durable and beautiful furniture because it's dense and hard, yet it saws, routs, planes with better than satisfactory results. It's a favorite among furniture builders.
Finishing tip for quarter sawn white oak: There are a number of finishing methods to make the figure pop. We've found one of the easiest yet effect methods is to use a Danish oil (clear natural or colored, depends on your taste), then apply a clear top coat. Read about it in our blog >>>
Sizes you can expect:
13/16'' thick, surfaced smooth two sides (4/4 S2S)
4''-8'' with the edges still rough. Straight line ripping on one edge is available as well (available above with your order).
Lengths Up to 8'. Longer lengths may be available for local pick up or truck freight shipment. Contact us to verify.
You'll have to cut your own pieces to size. Hardwood lumber is sold as a bulk raw product, which means that our stacks of lumber have a big variety of sizes most often from 4" up to 12" wide, and 6' to 16' long.
Only some unusual exotic woods are narrower than 4" and under 6' long. This is clearly stated when that's the case, everything else is larger.
We always ship the longest boards possible, and rarely ship boards less than 48" long unless you request shorter. The longest we can ship by UPS is 96" (that's 8').
For general fine woodworking, the various widths and lengths meet the needs and desires of woodworkers building furniture, cabinetry, and fine woodwork. But we do understand that certain projects have some requirements, and we're happy to help you out.
Here's how we can help you get the sizes you need:
We can hand-select material that will yield what you need. Type your needs into the "Selection Request" field right above the Add to Cart button above when you place your order. 4 things to know about size requests
We can do some limited custom milling such as planing to a different thickness and straight-line ripping one edge. Please call or email to talk about your needs.
Other Good things To Know
Grade:Select & Better. See our page about Hardwood Grading for some details about common lumber grades and their definitions.
Extra Discount:25% off for 100+
Lumber Thickness Compared:
The thickness of hardwood lumber is expressed as a fraction. Here are the various lumber thicknesses compared to one another.
What's the wood like?
White Oak has a finer texture than the more popular Red Oak. Quarter sawn white oak displays dramatic medullar figure called flake or fleck, and you'll see this used in antiques, mission style furniture, Greene and Greene furniture, and more. Heartwood is decay resistant and suitable for exterior uses. Good turning and steam bending qualities.
How's the color?
Beige to creamy tan.
Does it go by other names?
Arizona oak, Arizona white oak, Cucharillo, Encino, Encino negro, Oak, Roble, Roble amarillo, Roble, colorado, Roble encino, Roblecito, White oak, Stave oak
What could I use it for?
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, boat building, acessories
What is the tree like?
May reach 100 feet in height and have a trunk of 36'' in diameter.
The tree grows in
Eastern United States and Canada.
Average Customer Rating:
11 Reviews You can rate it and share your thoughts with others.
Good Stuff, 8.28.2013
Reviewer: William J Gillespie (The Villages, Florida)
All the lumber I ordered I would rate as excellent (applies to 4/4 and 8/4). All boards were straight and true with nearly zero "defects" and an absolute minimum of sap-wood. This was my first venture into mail-order stock. I am very satisfied and will be a repeat customer
Fantastic Oak, 6.7.2013
Reviewer: Stephen Wegner (Yuma , AZ)
I recently ordered 15ft of the Quarter Sawn white oak. I wasn't sure how nice the would be and intended to wait what there selection would be like.
I received the wood in a couple of days and it was great. I intended to order more while it was on sale but by the time I got around to it the sale was over.
I have ordered wood from Woodworkers Source several times over the last couple of years. I have never received any wood that I wouldn't have picked myself.
4/4 Quartersawn White Oak ... Good but may have issues if ..., 5.20.2013
Reviewer: DGH (Walnut Creek, CA)
I know 4/4 wood has a minimum actual size of 13/16". And if you are lucky enough to receive a good shipment i.e., no cupping, warping, etc. this size shouldn't be a problem when milling down to 3/4" thickness. However, the slightest imperfection in the wood will cause problems.
I had no problems with what I was making getting the pieces to a final 3/4" thickness because the wood I received had no cupping, warping, etc issues. This is why I gave this shipment 5 stars. I have received a different species of wood in the past where I wasn't so lucky.
The grain was nice and straight. The boards were nice and straight and flat. I couldn't ask for more.
Quarter sawn. Nuf said, 5.18.2013
Reviewer: fastfred (Clark Fork, ID)
When it's cut this way my projects have directions on the wood.
Or like my girlfriend says: "Even you can't screw this one up Fred." I guess the guys at Woodworkers took pity on me every time I get some quarter sawn lumber delivered.
Buy with confidence. This stuff makes projects go smooth.
A bit disapointed...., 2.8.2013
Reviewer: JF (, )
There was very little 'tiger' striping, effect on the wood. Only 3 of the 8 pieces where really any different from a standard sawn white oak. it was delivered on time, but it was raining and the wood was not rain protected, so lost 1 piece with a bad warp to it. If it rain where you live...heads up