Rift Sawn White Oak » Quercus alba

Why Rift Sawn White Oak?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics


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.
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. The Rift Sawn White Oak tree grows in North America
map of where this wood grows


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)

Woodworking with Rift Sawn White Oak:

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Video Tutorial

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