English Brown Oak


Formal Name: Quercus robur
Color: Sapwood easily distinguished from heartwood, though similar in color. Heartwood is a pale yellow-brown or “biscuit” color, that may range to light tan or deep brown in color. English Oak stained by the beef-steak fungus, often called Brown Oak, is extremely desirable and is converted into decorative veneers for use in furniture and paneling. This color cannot be reproduced with stains, and is considered highly desirable.
Shade: Medium
Grain: Straight grained, but cross-grained material can occur in slow growing trees. Displays conspicuous growth rings with a coarse texture. Like many other oaks, broad rays, distinctive growth rings and a silvery grain produce an attractive figure when quarter-sawn.
Workability: Depending on whether the Oak is from a slow growing or quickly growing area, it ranges from fairly easy to moderately difficult to work. It produces a moderate to severe blunting effect on tools. It has good gluing properties, and pre-boring is recommended for nailing and screwing. English Oak responds well to liming, waxing and polishing.
Physical Properties: A heavy, hard and very strong wood with medium bending and crushing strength, low in stiffness, but very good in steam bending. Great wear-resistance.
Uses: furniture, joinery, flooring. Its resistance to the passage of liquids make it an ideal material for whiskey, cognac and sherry casks.
Interior/Exterior: Interior Only
Origin: Europe and Canada
Machining
Nailing
Screwing
Gluing
Finishing

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Wood is a natural product. Some variation in color and grain pattern will occur between samples, images on this website, photographs and any specific installation.

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