Red Oak

red oakGeneral:  Arguably the most abundant and popular hardwood in the United States.  Found throughout the United States.

Description:  The sapwood of oak is white to very light brown, while the heartwood is light to dark brown in the white oak group and reddish brown in the red oak group. Oak wood has a course texture; it is heavy, straight-grained, hard, tough, very stiff, and strong. Fast-grown oak, with wide rings, is stronger and heavier than slow-grown oak.

Workability:  Red oak machines well, nailing and screwing are good although pre-boring is recommended, and it can be stained to a good finish. It can be stained with a wide range of finish tones. It dries slowly.  The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending. Great wear-resistance.

Common Uses:  Cabinetry, furniture, interior architectural millwork and mouldings, doors, flooring, and veneer, paneling and caskets.

SRH Stock:

Thicknesses:  4/4″ and 8/4″

Widths:  6″ to 14″+

Lengths:  8′ to 10′

Surfacing:  Skip planed

Also available in quarterwsawn/Rift

Red Oak Links:

The Wood Database

The American Hardwood Information Center