Red Oak


Common Names
Red Oak
Scientific Name
Quercus rubra
North America
Red Oak heartwood ranges from light to medium brown with a reddish tone. It has a straight grain pattern with a coarse texture. The wood has a moderate natural luster.
Avg. Dried Weight
45-52 lbs/ft3 (720-830 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
1290 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
14,400 lbf/in2 (99.3 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
1,790,000 lbf/in2 (12.34 GPa)
Crushing Strength
7,410 lbf/in2 (51.0 MPa)
Radial: 4.4%, Tangential: 8.6%, Volumetric: 12.8%, T/R Ratio: 1.9
Rated as perishable, susceptible to decay and insect attacks.
Red Oak wood is relatively easy to work with. It machines well and has good dimensional stability. It holds nails and screws well and glues satisfactorily. Staining and finishing can be done with excellent results. Care should be taken when sanding to avoid over-sanding the softer earlywood, which can result in a wavy surface appearance.

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