White Oak (Quarter Sawn) 4/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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White Oak (Quarter Sawn) 4/4 Lumber

$9.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $9.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $7.49 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
Read this for more info

Board Foot Cheat Sheet
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Learn about woodworking with Quarter Sawn White Oak

hardwood lumber sizes

About Lumber Sizes

Lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges.
Here's what you can expect in Quarter Sawn White Oak.
13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 6" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this wood.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range.
  • Request special width selection using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form.
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. The length you receive depends on how much you order.

Length Shipping Restrictions
Under 10 Bd. Ft. will be 46" long max
Small orders less than 10 bd. ft. will be cut to a maximum of 46" long unless you request different lengths on the order form
Over 10 Bd. Ft. will be 7' long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
100+ Bd. Ft. can be 8'-12' long
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 100 board feet; Please contact us to get a custom shipping quote if you need lengths longer than 7'.
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 >>>

About Quarter Sawn White Oak (Quercus alba)

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Weight

3.92

lbs /Bd. Ft.
9.50% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

1360

Janka Rating
5.43% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.68

Specific Gravity
6.25% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 6/10
Red Oak

map of where Quarter Sawn White Oak tree grows
Quarter Sawn White Oak is a domestic wood from North America

Quarter sawing results in a laid-back straight grain with dramatic medullar "flake" figure that commands attention in awesome projects.

color of Quarter Sawn White Oak
Color Range
Beige to creamy tan.
the Quarter Sawn White Oak tree
What's The Tree Like?
May reach 100 feet in height and have a trunk of 36" in diameter.
other names for Quarter Sawn White Oak
Other Names
Arizona oak, Arizona white oak, Cucharillo, Encino, Encino negro, Oak, Roble, Roble amarillo, Roble, colorado, Roble encino, Roblecito, White oak, Stave oak
uses for Quarter Sawn White Oak
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, boat building, acessories

Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
4.9
out of 5
5 (27)
4 (2)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.9
out of 5
5 (27)
4 (2)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
29 Total Reviews
March 3, 2020
5 out of 5
Super service, nice wood
Review by  vwalton from Santa Barbara
I couldn't be more pleased with the turnaround, shipping costs, or the wood itself. I'll definitely be back.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 3, 2020
5 out of 5
Very nice boards
Review by  Anonymous 
Received very nice boards. One board had a knot in the middle but the help desk replaced it after I sent a picture. Great customer service!!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
February 20, 2020
5 out of 5
Very satisfied
Review by  Bob Vomela from Colorado Springs
Excellent value. Mostly clear with just a little sapwood.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
December 19, 2019
5 out of 5
Get this for you show pieces
Review by  CH from Online
You may need to finely plane this wood , it all came perfect - got the ripped edge just to make my flow easier
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 4, 2019
5 out of 5
4/4 Quarter sawn white Oak
Review by  Papa Joe from MA
ordered 50 BF of white oak
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Recommended
April 23, 2019
5 out of 5
50 bf of beautiful white oak
Review by  Papa Joe from MA
Received 50 bf of very clear white oak. In process of turning it into a diningroomtable!
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29 Total Reviews
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