OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Northern Red Oak, Red Oak, Gray Oak, American Red Oak, Canadian Red Oak
Widely used in furniture making and cabinetry, Red Oak is also a common choice for flooring, boat building, musical instruments, and construction applications.
North America, Europe
AVG BENDING STRENGTH:
Generally ranges from a pale gray to a light red-brown color.
Ranges in color from light pink to a pale reddish-brown.
Coarse straight grain.
Varying texture with medium to large sized pores.
With proper seasoning, most Red Oak stock exhibits average to above-average dimensional stability.
Red Oak is rated as virtually non-durable, owing to its lack of resistance to decay and insect attack.
A moderate blunting effect is noticed with Red Oak lumber.
The hardness of Red Oak generates a moderate amount of cutting resistance.
Despite its hardness, Red Oak responds to most machining operations, assuming sharp cutting tools, proper angles and adjusted feed rates.
In general, Red Oak lumber turns quite well, producing smooth, clean surfaces.
Overall good response to boring operations.
Responds well to most gluing applications.
Pre-drilling is necessary to avoid splitting.
Holds screws well; pre-boring is recommended.
Red Oak responds well to most staining and finishing applications.
A good candidate for steam bending operations.