A versatile oak with many uses and qualities; this describes white oak. This wood is straight-grained with a moderate course texture and a pale-yellow to brown color. It wears well and is resistant to exterior adversities. It produces some of the finest oak veneers and lumber while being easy to work with and bending to desire. The most valuable aspect of white oak comes from its cells, which contain a honeycomb like substance called tyloses. This makes white oak watertight and thus great for boat building and ideal in making whiskey barrels. You'll find it commonly on floors as well.