White or French Oak (Quercus spp.) – CNC Router carving test
French Oak wood carved smooth and retains detail during the CNC router test. Tests have been run on various reliefs with both 1/8′ and 1/4′ router bits. The rotation speed versus feed rate is not to critical. At the start of the test while the carving continued, the wood gave the impression that it makes burs and don’t show the relief clearly. Wow, after light sanding
using a sanding sponge, the reliefs look great.
More carvings using French Oak wood is available in our carving library
Family – Fagaceae
Distribution: Widespread across Europe.
Other Names: White Oak, European Oak, English Oak
Characteristics: Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast, though there can be a fair amount of variation in color. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns.
Working Qualities: Produces good results with hand and machine tools. Can react with iron (particularly when wet) and cause staining and discoloration. Responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well.
Uses: Softer to machine than American oak, this is a superb timber for flooring, cladding, furniture etc.
Technical Data: (Visit the Wood DataBase
for explanation and details)
Tree Size: 80-115 ft (24-35 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 42 lbs/ft3 (675 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .53, .67
Janka Hardness: 1,120 lbf (4,980 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 14,100 lbf/in2 (97.1 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,544,000 lbf/in2 (10.60 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 6,720 lbf/in2 (46.3 MPa)
Shrinkage:Radial: 4.7%, Tangential: 8.4%, Volumetric: 13.0%, T/R Ratio: 1.8