|DESCRIPTION||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.
|BOTANICAL NAME||Quercus Rubra|
|OTHER NAMES||American Red Oak, Gray Oak, Spanish Oak, Northern Red Oak|
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES||High crush strength, medium bending strength and stiffness and considered a very good steam bending wood.|
|WORKING PROPERTIES||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.|
|DURABILITY||Heartwood is non-durable and susceptible to insect attack. Moderately resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.|
|SEASONING||Tendency to dry slowly with checking, splitting and honeycombing. Needs care in both air and kiln drying. Medium movement.|
|USES||Furniture, veneer, interior joinery, flooring, plywood. Not suitable for exterior work.|
|COMMENTS||Grain may need to be filled to achieve smooth finish.|