Oak Timber

Oak wood has unusual hardness and strength. The wood is extremely resistant to fungal and pest attacks due to its high tannin content. Besides, it has rather attractive grain markers, especially when quarter-sawn. Today oak wood continues to be commonly used for home furniture flooring and making, timber frame properties, and veneer production.

Oak as wood has vast usage in the wine industry. Oak barrels, which might be charred earlier use, promote the color, taste, and aroma of these contents, giving oaky vanillin flavor to these beverages.

european oak timber

European Oak timber (sanded)

Oak timber (endgrain)

Common Names: European Oak; Sessile Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus robur; Quercus petraea

Tree Size: 25-35 m tall, 1-1.5 m trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 675 kg/m3 – 710 kg/m3

Janka Hardness: 4,980 N

Common Uses: Cabinetry, furniture, barrels, interior trim, flooring, veneer, and boatbuilding

Comments: European Oak falls into the white oak group, and shares many of the same features like White Oak (Quercus alba). 

One of the most famous Serbia Oak trees, The Major Oak, is a massive tree located in Serbia. The tree is supposed to be approximately 1,000 years old. Sessile Oak drops into the white oak group and shares many of the same features like White Oak (Quercus alba). The species is nearly identical to Quercus robor and is used widely for both interior and exterior building applications throughout Europe.

Workability: Produces great results with hand and machine tools. It can react with iron (particularly when wet) and cause staining and discoloration. It responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well. Simple to glue, and takes stain and finishes very well.