The sapwood is light-colored and the heartwood is light to dark brown. White Oak is mostly straight-grained (Rift) with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak. White Oak is also available in a figured-grain called, “quartered”.
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. Can be stained with a wide range of finish tones. The wood dries slowly.