Furniture, flooring, architectural millwork, moldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling, barrel staves (tight cooperage) and caskets.
15.1 percent of total U.S. hardwoods that is commercially available.
Some tribes of American Indians boiled and ate white oak acorns.
The sapwood is light-colored and the heartwood is light to dark brown. White oak is mostly straight-grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak.
White oak machines well, nails and screws well (although pre-boring is advised). Since it reacts with iron, galvanized nails are recommended. Its adhesive properties are variable, but it stains to a good finish and can be stained with a wide range of finish tones. The wood dries slowly.
A hard and heavy wood with medium bending and crushing strength, low in stiffness. It has great wear-resistance.