pointed ends), have sweet acorns
(red oak acorns are bitter), and
are often considered to be water
tight (for most species within this
White oaks have a band of
large vessels within each annual
growth ring, like red oaks, but
in white, the vessels are typically
plugged with chemical junk that
makes the wood waterproof. The
plugs are called tyloses. (One
species in the white oak group
that has very few tyloses is chestnut oak; this species would not
be used for wine barrels.)
Note that within the lumber
market, the name "white oak"
refers to the group and not to
the specific species.
Within the white oak group is
a species called white oak. This
white oak species is very common
and widespread; it is often the
species we get when buying white
oak lumber. This is indeed a topnotch species and is likely what
you are used to processing.
Post oak, another species in
the white oak group, is the same
density as white oak, but is about
10 percent weaker and 20 percent
more bendable. The hardness is
the same in both. Processing for
both is the same.
Post oak got its name because
it is widely used for fence posts
and has excellent natural decay
resistance so it lasts for decades.
Post oak lumber for furniture
and cabinets often has a negative
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Delta post oak is a species thatcould
be considered as a reasonable
substitute for white oak.