European Oak: the benchmark lumber for every task

European Oak needs no introduction. Derived from mature, healthy trees and dried under control, oakwood has unique properties. And it can be used everywhere: from shipbuilding to musical instruments production.

Delav company supplies oak lumber that fully meets the specified health and moisture requirements and is sufficiently stable for all scenarios: sawn timber of any type and size, furniture panels, edge-glued panels, veneers, and much more.

Technical characteristics of oak lumber

Oak belongs to the heartwood: a rich brown core prevails in the structure, where yellowish sapwood appears only along the edge. The wood is heavy and dense — the density depends on the place of growth and varies from 690 to 780 kg / m³.

Oakwood has a unique texture that’s difficult to confuse with other species. Due to the close-packed lace of the core rays with expressive vessels and a careful transition from late to fresh wood.
Oak is as resistant to moisture as Siberian larch. Oak lumber can last more than 50 years, constantly in contact with water. Long-term aging of wood in water without air access leads to a change in its color due to the reaction of tannins with iron salts.

If the trunk lies in water for several decades, it becomes stained: from creamy-yellow to brown, green, gray, or completely black. Oakwood is resistant to water and moisture absorption from the air.
In a continuous protective coating, it doesn’t react to its presence whatsoever. Due to the fiber’s high density and tension, oakwood can severely dry out, crack, and warp. Hence, it is crucial to dry it properly.

Oak is elastic and wears out slowly, though it’s difficult to process not only manually but with professional tools as well. Resistance to biological influence is high.
The wood core consists of natural bactericides. The outer part is packed with antiseptic tannins. Therefore, it doesn’t rot, doesn’t grow moldy, and is rarely affected by pests.

The use of wholesale oak lumber

Wholesale oak lumber extensively used for:

  • Construction and cladding work — frame houses, rafters, sheathing the walls inside and out
  • Furniture production — cabinets, sideboards, tables, tabletops, chairs, etc.
  • Cooper business — oak barrels are still very popular among winemakers
  • House lining production — parquet, parquet and terrace boards, decorative panels and partitions
  • Shipbuilding
  • Musical instruments production, etc.

Why Cheronozem-grown European Oak is the ultimate option for you?

We proudly say that Delav company provides the best conditions for tree plantations in the market. All lumber comes from one-of-a-kind black soil — Chernozem — the most fertile soil in the world.

Chernozem is loose, very fertile soil with a high humus content and a sufficient amount of groundwater. The European Oak can grow in absolutely Spartan conditions. Yet Chernozem makes it perfect for the trees to grow in oak forests instead of mixed forests.

Proximity to its kind forces the oak trees to grow not dumpy and squat but tall and slender with a small number of knots. Thus, we supply the first-grade lumber obtained with good taxonomic and aesthetic characteristics.

Chernozem Soil Texture

We bet you didn’t know that about oakwood

Oak’s many technical characteristics aren’t inferior to other natural and synthetic materials, although they may seem different on the outside. Its tensile strength is 103 MPa.
The same parameter for granite is 3 MPa, for cement and concrete – 4.1 MPa. According to this parameter, oak is closer to cast iron (from 120 MPa).

The history of the USS Constitution, which sides made of Virginian oak, helps finally comprehend the exceptional properties of the breed.
During the second American war of Independence of 1812-1814, the USS Constitution came under fire from the British HMS Guerriere. The ship remained intact because… cannonballs just bounced off the hull!

The USS Constitution launched in 1797 and to this day remains on active duty.

USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere by Tom Freeman