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White Oak (alba) vs. Post Oak (stellata)

WJPowers's picture

A storm took down a beech on out property. It damaged a post oak as it fell. I've taken the post oak down and was wondering how well it would work as cabinet wood since several texts noted it as being marketed with or as white oak. If this wood works as well as white oak, is there any special way to have it sawn prior to drying? Any other tips would be well appreciated about working with post oak.

LeeGrindinger's picture

(post #76760, reply #1 of 2)

Stellata is sold comercially as white oak, as is alba even though alba is called white oak. Unless growing conditions cause it I doubt you'd observe much difference between the two. The classification of "white oak" in the hardwoods world is actually comprised of over thirty species of oak including alba and stellata.

Stellata is a very good lumber, if you've got a decent bole I'd suggest you use it.

Lee

JeffHeath's picture

(post #76760, reply #2 of 2)

WJ


If it were mine, I'd saw it quartersawn.  The fleck pattern is highly desireable, and looks better in furniture.  If you ever decide to sell some, it's worth more cut this way, also.


Jeff (formerly JC)

A distinguished graduate of the School of Hard Knocks