Rift Sawn White Oak // Quercus alba

Rift sawn white oak exhibits straight grain without the ray fleck figure found in quarter sawn white oak. White oak has a finer texture than Red Oak. Heartwood is decay resistant and suitable for exterior uses. Good turning and steam bending qualities.
Rift Sawn White Oak grows in North America
map of where Rift Sawn White Oak grows
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color of Rift Sawn White Oak
Color Range
Beige to creamy tan.
other names for Rift 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 Rift Sawn White Oak
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, outdoor projects, patio furniture, cabinets, flooring, boat building, fences, indoor millwork, moldings, veneer, desks, baseboard
the Rift Sawn White Oak tree
What's the Tree Like?
May reach 100 feet in height and have a trunk of 36" in diameter.


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


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


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

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak