Oak - Character Grade (Euro) Quercus robur and Q. Petraea (Fagaceae)
Typical Tree Height:
1.8 - 4.8m
European Oak - Character Grade
Kiln Dried Oak
Character grade Oak is the same as prime and joinery grade Euro Oak in terms of performance and overall colour/look but will display knots, blemishes and be full of character. It is therefore more suited to flooring, cladding and flat surfaces than windows, doors and stairs, where corners and angles are used (as the knots can fall out or sharpe edges can form where cut through the uneven grain).
Depending on origin, the heartwood of oak varies from light tan to a deep brown, with distinct bands of early wood and latewood. The grain is usually straight, but irregular or cross grain can occur adding to the beauty and appeal of this popular and timeless wood. The texture is coarse, and rays and growth rings show an attractive figure ('silver grain') when quarter sawn.
Most of our Oak is sourced from main land Europe and not from England. We can source English oak if required.
At Wooduchoose we offer European Oak, or Euro Oak for most of our products. We recommend as; Oak skirting board, Oak architrave, Oak cladding, Oak flooring. Windows and doors and much more. There are however many other products that this wood can be used for.
English Oak, Pendunculate Oak, Common Oak, Sessile Oak, Durmast Oak
The heartwood of European oak is durable and highly resistant to preservatives. The sapwood, however is vulnerable to powder-post and common furniture beetles. European oak is a good alround performer.
The drying and seasoning of Oak - Character Grade (Euro) is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Oak - Character Grade (Euro) - Drying is slow, with a tendency to check, split, warp and honeycomb; shrinkage is high. Movement in service is medium. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.
Oak is fairly hard, heavy and dense, with high crushing and bending strength, low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. It is very good for steam-bending. It is fairly hard to work with hand tools, with a tolerable to severe blunting effect. Pre-drilling is advised for nailing and screwing. It turns adequately and is good for gluing. Oak is good for painting, staining, oiling, varnishing and will take a high polish. The tannin content may corrode ferrous metals, particularly when exposed externally - the tannin can also cause staining to adjacent surfaces.
'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow' goes the quote. This tree inspires us to be strong in body, mind and spirit. It is a sacred and revered tree representing endurance, power, protection and authority.
Considered as of least concern by The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (last assessed in 2007)
Wood Worker's Thoughts:
Hard on tools, moves and splits and twists. Overall finish very good. We recommend you visit our Finishes area and Technical area for more info on how to care for and treat this wood.