Processed in Australia, AMERICAN OAK x ASH is uniquely available in packs graded to ‘Australian Standards’ and processes. These are then packed into:
- Manageable ~1.5m cubic metre packs
- Set width x set thickness x random lengths
- Straight line cut after drying
- Defect docked
For anyone familiar with American Oak, this creates an improved price, well graded, straight and stable product with no grade surprises – fit for Australia’s volume markets and accessible to all.
What is AMERICAN OAK?
American Oak is the dominant hardwood species grown in the USA. Combined, more than 94.8 million cubic metres of American Oak is grown every year with 54.8 million cubic metres harvested – dwarfing hardwood volumes grown in Australia.
The oak forests of USA are therefor increasing by 39.9 million m3 per annum (source 1 + source 2). This vast availability, attractive look and performance of AMERICAN OAK x ASH make it the perfect material for volume and architectural markets – where consistency is required.
American Oak is usually divided into two main categories – ‘American Red Oak’ (Quercus Rubra) or ‘American White Oak’ (Quercus Alba). Each consist of multiple subspecies with varied colour and performance depending on geographical location, climate and growing speed.
WHAT DOES AMERICAN OAK X ASH LOOK LIKE AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER?
AMERICAN OAK x ASH is not as olive-brown in colour as American White Oak nor is it pink in colour like typical American Red Oak. It is blonde in colour – closer to that of typical Engineered Oak flooring. Generally straight grained, crown cut, coarse textured and distinctive in appearance – AMERICAN OAK x ASH can easily be moulded, shaped, laminated, painted or stained to suit your decor needs.
American Oak is easy to work, cut, stain and build with. American Oak is known to machine well, and take screws and nails. It is rated as an excellent timber for drilling, planing and moulding.
American Oak is a hard and heavy wood with moderate bending strength and stiffness. It has very good overall strength properties relative to weight.