The Case for 8/4" White Oak

For centuries, White Oak has been one of the most commonly sought-after hardwood lumber species in the industry. You see it almost everywhere. It can be found in cabinets, flooring, furniture, doors, barrels, millwork, mouldings, etc. It is strong, water-resistant, and has excellent working properties. It is also one of the more commonly requested species to be sawn as rift and quartered for people that are looking to add a stylistic element to their products.

Recently, we have seen an increase in interest in 8/4” White Oak. The demand for 8/4” typically comes from those manufacturers looking to make door frames, furniture, special  joinery, and thicker mouldings. From what we can tell this seems to be holding true this time as well. 84whiteoak

When we work with White Oak buyers we always try to suggest they keep a few specific ideas in mind.

Use North American White Oak. North American White Oak is always in demand. This is doubly true for White Oak harvested from the Appalachian region. Why? Basically because of the consistency, strength, and durability of the White Oak that Appalachian the forest provides. It is recognized world wide that the White Oak harvested from the Appalachian forest is one of the most desirable items in the hardwood lumber industry.  

Seek consistency when purchasing 8/4 WO. We believe it is important to work with a supplier that can offer you a consistent supply of White Oak to meet your needs. Whether those needs are specific length requirements, widths, or even special grading. Prices will rise and they will fall, however, a consistent and reliable source can be more valuable now than ever! 

At Baillie Lumber, we are fortunate to own multiple sawmills and dry kilns throughout the Appalachian region. In addition to this, we have access to additional hardwood suppliers. from this region This allows us to be a trusted hardwood provider for many of our customers who are in need of a regular, consistent supply of high-quality Appalachian White Oak. Whether it be standard industry grades or one of our custom sorts or proprietary grades!

Interested in Appalachian White Oak lumber? Let us know! We would be happy to help get you the lumber you need to succeed.

Brett Del Prince
Baillie Lumber
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