Oak Wood: A Primer

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All About Oak Wood

A primer from Modern Bungalow Craftsman Home Store

Harvest Onyx Oak Storage Bench

There are more than 600 species of oak trees in the world, with more than 90% of those being found in North America. Oak is the single most plentiful hardwood species found in the US, but its abundance is only one reason this wood is among the most popular for makers of quality furniture; it’s durability - including insect-resistant and anti-fungal properties - and reputation as long-lasting combined with the beautiful variations in the grains have helped to make oak second only to pine for its frequency of use in American furniture making.

 

 

Oak is a hardwood. These woods generally come from slow-growing deciduous trees which results in higher density and increased durability. Oak is a perfect example of this property, with a density range between 37-56 lb/ft3. Compare that to white or yellow pine with densities between 22-37 lb/ft3.

It’s commonly said that oak is one of the most versatile woods used in furniture making and it’s various color patterns, grains, and textures make it ideal for a wide variety of pieces - from bedroom sets to the kitchen. The durability of solid oak makes it perfect for anyone who expects their furniture to get a lot of wear and tear over the years (kids anyone?).

Is oak wood expensive? When considering oak furniture remember that the durability, resistance to insect or fungal attacks, and the beauty associated with the unique grains and textures of each piece contribute to its status as one of the more expensive of wood furnitures.

Caring for Oak Wood

Caring for your oak wood is a straight forward process: hand wash and do not let soak in water. Additionally, a food safe mineral oil or Danish Oil will ensure the lasting durability and beauty of your oak. In any case, always refer to any care instructions that accompany your oak wood products.


Conclusions

Oak is prized for its durability, beautiful grains, and naturally insect and fungal-resistant properties. While there are more than 600 species of oak in the world, 90% are found in North America - a fact that contributes to oak's popularity among craftsman builders in the United States. 

If you're looking for something that will stand the test of time while amazing with its beauty and providing peace of mind with its natural qualities, oak may be the wood for you!


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