- Colour – The narrow sapwood of American White Oak is nearly white in colour. The heartwood is pale brown, may be cream to very light brown, occasional reddish tinge.
- Grain – Bold, straight, moderately open with occasional wavy pattern. Usually have strong contrast in grain.
- Texture – Medium to coarse
- Strength – Low stiffness and good overall strength
- Ease Of Drying – Air-seasoning occurs at a faster rate than average. Very little shrinkage. Kiln dries satisfactorily. Drying defects – grey-brown sapwood stains. Distortion and end splitting may occur and existing shakes may open up. Illingworth Ingham (M/cr) Ltd supply kiln dried stock.
- Movement In Service – Good dimensional stability.
- Preservative Treatment – Responds well to preservative treatment.
- Machines – well
- Sawing – Good
- Hand Tools – works well
- Blunting effect on cutters – generally moderate
- Planing – Good
- Boring – Good
- Carving – Good
- Moulding – Good
- Sanding – Good
- Turning – Poor
- Mortising – Poor
- Gluing – Good
- Nailing – Good
- Screwing – Good
- Drilling – Excellent
- Good for staining and polishing, satisfactory for varnishing and painting.