Name: - European Oak (not to be confused with Japanese Oak)
Sources: -Europe, including Britain, Russia and Poland.
Colour: -Light to dark brown
Advantages: -Very strong, hard, tough and durable. Oak finishes
well, works well and has very little shrinkage
Disadvantages: -European Oak is very heavy, expensive and splits
easily. It contains tannic acid, which corrodes steel and iron fitting.
The acid's effect on the fittings can cause permanent blue stains on the
Uses: -Garden furniture, boat building, gateposts, furniture, floors
and construction work.