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The lumber industry lumps all white oaks together, so you may not always be getting Quercus alba. Don't worry, all species share the same wood traits. Widely available at hardwood suppliers, white oak costs about $2 per board foot; triple that price for quarter-sawed wood. Veneer runs about 50 cents per square foot, and white-oak ply wood is widely sold. White oak requires careful handling during the drying process to ensure boards free from seasoning defects, such as internal honey combing, so closely check any questionable boards before you buy. You also might inquire about the source of the wood. Slower-grown wood from the Appalachians and the north offers an easier-to-work texture than that from southern bottomlands, although they may look the same.

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