Another article with another wood species! We’ve looked at many wood slabs and their specific characteristics such as Olive wood, Purple Heart and many more. This week we are shining the spotlight on one of the most popular wood type in the furniture industry - Oak wood.
Oak has been well-loved by many homeowners and furniture makers due to its versatile colour tone and its overall reliability. As such, it’s only fair that we deep dive and find out what makes this timber so sought after!
Oak has many subspecies that originate from various continent. However, the most common species used for dining tables is the European Oak. The European Oak is sought after by furniture makers due to its immense size and width. This timber can grow up to lengths of 12 metres and have widths of up to 3 metres! European Oak trees are also one of the oldest tree species in the world and have been around for 1200 years. As such, with its huge size and aged sturdiness, European Oak is an ideal dining table option for homeowners with big families.
European Oak is widely regarded as a strong and moderately dense wood slab. One of the most common indicators of durability in the industry is the Janka scale which ranges from 0 to 4,000. In this ranking, European Oak has a hardness rating of 1360, putting it in the acceptable hardness range for a dining table. This means that the European Oak is not too soft that it’ll crack easily from daily use, but at the same time, it's not too hard that furniture makers are unable to work with it.
European Oak wood has good resistance against fungal infestations as well, making it less prone to rot and decay. This is due to its high density and natural properties inherent in the wood itself. As such, European Oak has the strength and durability to not only withstand everyday use but also the properties to fight against fungal infestations that thrive in tropical countries like Singapore.
European Oak has a whitish brown to light brown colour tone. This makes it very popular with many homeowners as it fits many trendy home aesthetics such as a Scandinavian or Japanese interior. It is also a safe choice for many homeowners as its neutral tone complements well with most home colour palettes. Oak is also mostly straight-grained, giving this wood slab a very clean and minimal look.
Like all of our wood slabs, European Oak is coated with a Rubio Monocoat finish. The Rubio Monocoat oil is engineered in such a way that it protects both the surface and core of the wood, giving it good protection against water and making it highly scratch-resistant. Simply clean the surface with a slightly damp lint-free cloth regularly for dusting. As wood is a natural material, it can be sensitive to temperature. As such, using coasters and placemats when serving food or drinks is strongly encouraged. For detailed care instructions with the Rubio Monocoat, click here.
European Oak is a versatile wood slab that is perfect for any home. With its easy to match color tone, this timber is an easy pick for homeowners who want something that blends seamlessly into their home. Moreover, with its exceptional sturdiness and strength, a European Oak dining table will last for decades if taken proper care of.
If you’re interested in checking out this wood slab, we have several European Oak wood slabs available for purchase in our showrooms. Do drop by and have a chat with us. We’d love to share our knowledge on wood slabs with you.