White Oak is the state tree of Connecticut, Illinois, and Maryland. Connecticut’s state quarter was minted with a picture and inscription of a famous White Oak tree, The Charter Oak. White Oak is strong, beautiful, rot-resistant, easy-to-work, and economical, representing an exceptional value to woodworkers. It’s no wonder that the wood is so widely used in cabinet and furniture making.
Because of its unique sawing pattern, Quarter-Sawn White Oak has a beautiful plumed or flared appearance, or a flake pattern that may be referred to as "tiger rays" or "butterflies." It has long been used in fine furniture, especially in early colonial America. White Oak finishes well, is very durable and exhibits high shock resistance.