About White Oak?

White oak is very similar to its cousin Red Oak. The major technical differences are that white oak is slightly harder and it is far more water resistant. The subjective differences are that white oak tends to be more gray or even slightly green in color, and the grain in white oak tends to be more swirling. The oak family has several subspecies and becomes very difficult to differentiate, but oak generally offers a quality wood stair part, which is why oak stair parts, and oak handrails are very popular for staircase designs.

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Differentiating White Oak vs. Red Oak

White oak is generally preferred for furniture over red oak because of its grain pattern. Oak machines extremely well and it is the easiest wood to stain sand and finish. Contrary to popular opinion Red Oak and White Oak cannot be differentiated based upon color. The test to determine red and white oak is the length of the rays or the small bands that make up the “grain.” Red oak has bands that are short usually around 1/4″. White Oak has longer bands usually about 1/2″.

Stair Supplies manufactures and distributes a large number of white oak stair parts every day. Call a stair specialist for help in selecting the right parts for your stairs.

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