preference is because of its generally poor lumber quality.
What makes this species more
difficult to talk about is that it
has hybridized naturally with a
dozen other species in the white
oak group. The properties of this
mixed breed wood are somewhat
difficult to predict.
Contributing to the poor
quality is the slow growth, plus
the fact that branches, when they
die, are so decay resistant that
they can persist on the stem for
decades. This means a lot of pin
knots in the lumber; the knots
will have included bark plus the
knot itself is not well attached
to the surrounding wood. (In
softwoods, we call these black
knots). Grading post oak lumber
is difficult using the standard
grading rules. Then there is the
distorted grain around the knots
that contributes to poor quality.
The best post oak grows in
bottomlands in eastern Texas
and in the Mississippi River valley
in western Mississippi, southeastern Arkansas, and Louisiana.
This variation of post oak is
called Delta post oak and does
find its way into furniture and
cabinet manufacturing. Another
fairly good variety is sand post
oak that occurs from southeastern Virginia south to central
Florida and west to eastern
Oklahoma, and south and central
Texas. It is most common on
coastal plains and is scattered in
the Piedmont. Post oak elsewhere
is not too good in quality.
In answer to your question,
using the above information, I
think Delta post oak could be
considered as a reasonable substitute for white oak. ;
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