Red Oak heartwood is similar to other oaks and coloration runs from a light tan to pink with a reddish tinge. The wood is predominantly straight grained and coarse textured. Red Oak has a somewhat less attractive figure than White Oak due to smaller rays. Weight is about 48lbs per cu. ft.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
American Red Oak, Gray Oak, Spanish Oak, Northern Red Oak
High crush strength, medium bending strength and stiffness and considered a very good steam bending wood.
Moderate blunting effect on cutters. Density varies. Gluing properties vary and nailing may require pre-drilling. Takes stain well and polishes to a good finish.
Heartwood is non-durable and susceptible to insect attack. Moderately resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.
Tendency to dry slowly with checking, splitting and honeycombing. Needs care in both air and kiln drying. Medium movement.
Furniture, veneer, interior joinery, flooring, plywood. Not suitable for exterior work.
Grain may need to be filled to achieve smooth finish.