American Oak is a popular wood for many reasons. Oak is plentiful making it a great sustainable choice and is available in a wide variety of cuts and colors. Oak is so versatile it can be used in with all styles and looks. Oak stains and finishes well.
White Oak (Quercus alba) is a domestic hardwood growing throughout most of the United States. With an even tone and a straight grain, White Oak varies in color from biscuit to medium yellow-brown which when finished appears almost honey colored. White Oak veneers showcase the flexibility of Oak grains. A flat cut White Oak veneer will showcase White Oak’s cathedrals, a feature that is popular amongst lovers of Arts and Crafts style furniture. A rift cut will give a straight grain that would easily blend into a contemporary style. Rough cut White Oak veneer will look rustic, as though it was cut with a band saw. For more movement in the wood any of the beautiful oak veneers with a flake (medium or heavy) or a tiger figure would be a great choice. If a darker tone is wanted, a fumed oak will give a darker color.
Red Oak (Quercus rubra), is a domestic hardwood that also grows throughout Northeast United States and Canada. Red Oak is darker than White Oak with a reddish tinge. Red Oak veneer also shows the variability of this species. A rotary cut Red Oak has an almost watercolor style grain, while a quarter sawn red oak provides a straight grain that can be with or without flake, medullary rays (horizontal rays) that grow through wood towards the bark. Once cut, these flakes show movement in the wood and reflect light differently creating a unique, and beautiful look. Red Oak can also be fumed to give it a darker brown color.
White European Oak (Quercus spp.) is known for its coarse grain, and distinctive medullary rays. It’s a light brown with a golden hue. A very traditional style of wood.
Oak stains and finishes well, has a beautiful grain with clearly delineated cathedrals. Oak veneer has an even tone. Standard grades generally include natural imperfections such as pin knots and natural streaks. The premium grade (or AA grade) Flat Cut White Oak is minus the imperfections. Many designers and woodworkers prefer the look of White Oak’s imperfections. Oak’s grain structure is similar to Red Elm and White and Brown Ash. Oak is often used for furniture, antique restoration and refinishing, retail fixtures, yacht interiors, and more.
Oakwood Veneer has many sizes of Oak sheets including 4’x8, 4’x10’, 4’x12’, larger sizes including 5’x8’, 5’x10’, 5’x12’, as well as cross-grains 8’x4’, 10’x4’, and 12’x4’, and 4’x14’.
Oak Veneer is available in different backings such as 10 mil, 22.2 mil (Bubble Free Veneer-BFV), and pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA), often referred to as peel and stick veneer. PSA makes for fewer steps in application and is available by special order only.