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Frans Eikenhout

French Oakwood is an excellent alternative for hydraulic engineering. French Oak is used as an alternative in many different applications in hydraulic engineering. It contains tannic acid that contributes significantly to the sustainability of the species (class II/III). The tannic acid in French Oak is also responsible for a number of other characteristics. Blue-black discolorations occur and are the result of the reaction between iron and tannic acid (tannin) in the wood. Wet French Oak is corrosive in contact with iron. And when cement or concrete comes into contact with Oak, it will slow the curing process. Freshly cut Oak has some tendency to crack, warp, collapse and discolour.

French oak has a finer structure

French Oak is known as a European hardwood and grows in Europe and Anatolia. The colour of the heartwood is yellow-brown to dark brown and contrasts with the approximately 25-50 mm wide sapwood, which is pale brown in colour. European Oak is generally harder, heavier and firmer, stronger but also rougher in structure than the imported oak species. With us you can buy French Oak with excellent quality and beautiful appearance. Our Oak wood is suitable for many applications and can also be used in civil engineering applications.

Properties French Oakwood

 Name: French Oak
Appearance: Yellowish brown to dark brown
Sustainability class: II / III
Strength class:
Mass kg/m3: Fresh 900 – 1200
Dried 500 – 970
Glue: Good
Bend: Very good
Finishing: Good
Combination with iron: Moderate
Origin: France
Extra: Excellent alternative for hydraulic engineering
Adaptations: Fence poles, cleated bulkheads, garden poles, decking parts, sheet piles, square poles

Our sales team is happy to help with questions about buying French Oakwood. Call us on +31 547 286 350 or reach us via the form on the right.

Source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10e revised edition.