Red Oak: Domestic Hardwood

Red Oak is classified as a domestic wood and sometimes referred to as Northern Red Oak, Spanish Oak, American Red Oak, or Gray Oak. It is one of the most common hardwoods in the industry.

The heartwood of Red Oak is similar to other oaks; however, the coloration runs from a light tan to pink with a reddish tinge. The wood is mostly straight-grained and coarse-textured. Since densities can vary, pre-drilling may need to be done. Its gluing properties can also vary, but it does stain well.

Red Oak is mostly used for furniture making, interior joinery, flooring, plywood, and veneer, but it is not a good choice for exterior work.

Red Oak has a Janka hardness rating of 1290.

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Characteristics

Origin of Wood Type The U.S.
Botanical Name Quercus Rubra
Specific Gravity .70
Avg. Weight Per BF 4.3 lbs
Color Range Light pink to red-brown
Rarity / Availability Common
Typical Avg. Width 5 – 16 inches
Typical Avg. Length 8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor 20%
Wood Uses All Woodworking, Cabinetry, Trim, and Flooring
Lumber Grades FAS through 2 common rustic
Other Trade Names Northern Red Oak

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