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A closed grain hardwood, white oak is almost impervious to water. The pores of the heartwood of white oaks are typically plugged with tyloses, which is a membranous growth. Tyloses makes the white oak impenetrable to liquids and particularly suited for use in the boat industry. Because of its resistance to moisture, white oak is also widely used to construct outdoor furniture.One related test regarding porosity is to take a short section of oak and try to blow air through the pores. If you are able to blow anything through it at all, it’s probably red oak. Take a look at this video, where a red oak dowel was used to blow bubbles in a glass of water:httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIXZ9iYM4PA
A lovely piece of work -- But I think white oak is non porous; consider its wide use in boat building and wine barrels
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I may have missed it, but I didn't see mentioned the importance of the wood being dry -- A lot of construction lumber is green, and the tightbond 3 joints are likely to fail if the moisture content is too high -- Polyurethane glues are better for wood with higher moisture content.