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Quarter sawn white oak

BarManBeanBarManBean Posts: 129
edited 2:39PM in EGG Table Forum
I have a line on some quarter sawn white oak for building a table. Would that be good for exterior work? I know what quartersawn wood IS, but am unsure how the the process changes the properties of the wood. The guy wants 2.50 per bf to start, which i think seems pretty reasonable...

If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it.


  • LPcreationLPcreation Posts: 13
    I think the general rule is white oak is ok, but red oak needs some sort of sealer.
  • TRPIVTRPIV Posts: 278
    Quarter sawn white oak is just as strong as any other hardwood that I've seen used around here. White oak is often used in construction of designer exterior entry doors. It is also used for boat making. I'm pretty sure you'll be fine. :P
    Cover it with a few coats of quality urethane and you will love the patterns in the grain.

    I can't speak to the quality of the price. Prices vary from region to region.

    Best of luck, and remember to post pics. ;)

  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    It will make a beautiful table that will last forever.
    The USS Constitution [Old Ironsides] is built fo white oak, and she has been around a while.
    Only problem I see is that you may need a derrick to move it! :laugh:
  • TRPIVTRPIV Posts: 278
    Capt. Frank wrote:
    Only problem I see is that you may need a derrick to move it! :laugh:

    HAHAHA! :laugh:

    Yes. This is true.
  • BarManBeanBarManBean Posts: 129
    Hmmm...heavy, eh? That's one of the reasons why im leaning towards using 1x4 cedar or cypress instead of 4/4 or 5/4 oak...
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 11,654
    Not sure what difference weight makes. Where ya goin' with it? :laugh:

    LOVE q-sawn white oak and have been thinking of building my table with it. At $2.50/BF, you are stealing it!!! Around here, it's $6 for 4/4 up to $10 for 8/4!!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!


    Central Connecticut 

  • BarManBeanBarManBean Posts: 129
    Thanks for all the input folks.
  • misfitmisfit Posts: 358
    ClayQ should chime in. His excellent tables are, from what I have seen, made of qs. white oak. Good choice at a great price.
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