Red Oak Wood

Arguably the most popular hardwood in the United States, Red Oak Wood Lumber is a ubiquitous sight in many homes.  Hard, strong, and moderately priced, Red Oak wood presents an exceptional value to woodworker’s which explains why it is so widely used in cabinet and furniture making. Red Oak wood generally works and finished well but timbers from the Northern growing region will be more consistent in color and have a finer texture.

Stock Information

Species Information

  • CUTS: Flatsawn, Quatersawn
  • SIZES: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • OTHER NAMES:  Quercus rubra
  • ORIGIN:  Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada
  • APPEARANCE:  Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with a reddish cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns.
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 1,220 lb  for dry material
  • WEIGHT: Red Oak weighs in at an average  44 lbs/ft3
  • DRYING:  Drying is reported to be generally difficult, but it is faster than in White oak.
  • WORKABILITY:  Produces good results with hand and machine tools. Has moderately high shrinkage values, resulting in mediocre dimensional stability, especially in flatsawn boards.
  • DURABILITY:  Rated as non-durable to perishable, with poor insect resistance.
  • PRESERVATION:  The wood is reported to be resistant to preservative treatment.
  • FINISHING:  Responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

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