Quercus petrea, Quercus robur


General description

Oak trees are one of the dominant broad-leaved species of temperate Europe. The trees grow 20 – 30 m in height with diameters ranging from 40 – 80 cm.




Wood description

Sapwood is thin, between 1 to 4 cm, and white.The clearly demarcated heartwood is light brown to dark brown. Oak is mostly straight grained with a medium to coarse texture.

Annual rings and rays are clearly visible, oak is a ring porous wood.


European White Oak is a hard and heavy wood with medium strength properties.


Machining is well, nailing and screwing properties are good, but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing must be done with care, the wood is dense, slightly acid an rich in tannins.

Common uses

European White Oak is one of the most important hardwoods and is mainly used for furniture and flooring. It is also used for stairs, windows and doors and also for external paneling.





Random  Widths and Lengths, 

BOSWOOD  European white Oak production is square edged after kd, and available from 22 mm to 100 mm thicknesses as per demand.

Physical characteristics

Density (at 12 % moisture content)

702 kg⁄m3

Total longitudinal shrinkage

0.4 %

Total radial shrinkage

4.3 %

Total tangential shrinkage

8.9 %

Equilibrium moisture content

(20° C⁄ 37 % rel. humidity)

8.9 %

(20° C⁄ 83 % rel. humidity)

17.2 %

Mechanical characteristics

Modulus of elasticity under bending

13000 N⁄mm2

Modulus of rupture under bending

88 N⁄mm2

Tension strength

90 N⁄mm2

Compression strength

61 N⁄mm2

Brinell hardness perpendicular to the fibres

34 N⁄mm2

Janka Hardness

4.5 kN

Nail withdrawal strength in N per mm depth and mm diameter

17 N⁄mm2

Natural durability and treatability (according to en 350-2)


Class 2 durable

Dry wood borers



Class M – moderately durable


4 – not permeable

Natural durability is based on mature heartwood. Sapwood must always be considered as non durable against wood destroying agents.

European White Oak