Bob Rozaieski has now followed up on his podcast response to my question with a detailed written post on techniques for working white oak with hand tools that I find very informative and useful. Highly recommended.
I don't have a lot to add to his suggestions. In addition to keeping your planes very sharp, I have found a cabinet scraper to be particularly useful on white oak as a way of avoiding tearout. I find that even a sharp plane will tear white oak out sometimes.
One of the points he makes is absolutely true. Quartersawn white oak is much much easier to work than flatsawn white oak, to the point that I consider the latter unworkable with hand tools.
Another reaction I had to his post is if I ever run across one of those machines he pictures I am going to buy it. Not sure what I will do with them, but I would definitely like to have one of each. I think I recall Roy Underhill using something like this on one of his shows and it looked fun.
Given all of the challenges in working with white oak, why bother? It really is a very nice species with many desirable qualities. It's strong and durable, finishes well and looks really nice.
As I'll describe later, I am currently working with sapele for the first time. It has approximately the same hardness as white oak and yet it is much easier to work. I don't understand this so, if you do, please explain in the comments.