White Oak wide plank floors have excellent impact resistance. White Oak is a 1360 on the Jankahardness scale, making it among the hardest of all the North American hardwoods.
Oak floors are more open to receiving stains and finishes than many other wood floors. Because Oak pores absorb stain so well, a wide variety of finish tones from light to dark can be achieved.
We make live sawn (also known as European cut), quarter sawn, rift sawn, and plain sawn White Oak wide plank flooring.
Traditionally used in ship building and timber framing, White Oak has a natural ability to resist rot and insect damage. The hull of the U.S.S. Constitution--the ship that helped the United States earn its first naval victory--was made of Oak and famously repelled cannonballs during the War of 1812. The British coined her nickname "Old Ironsides" when their cannonballs appeared to bounce off her hull. Incidentally, the captain of the Constitution during this naval battle was none other than Isaac Hull. Launched in 1798, the U.S.S. Constitutionis now the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world.
White Oak barrels are used in wine and whiskey making because they are waterproof and because the tannins in tightly grained White Oak impart subtle flavors of vanilla, butter, and spice.
The appearance of White Oak varies depending on the grade, whether the wood is plain sawn or quarter and rift sawn, and whether any stain is applied. This floor, #211, depicts plain sawn select grade White Oak with a clear poly finish, no stain.