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.
|Origin of Wood Type||The U.S.|
|Botanical Name||Quercus Rubra|
|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|