Manager and Chairman of the Board
SPECIES of The MONTH.., AMERICAN RED OAK
CHARACTERISTICS...Color: the hardwood has a biscuit to pinkish or reddish-brown color. Red Oak is similar in appearance to white oak, but has smaller rays, which result in less pronounced figure. The grain is usually straight and open, but can vary. It generally has a course texture, but this can also vary depending on the origin of the tree. Quartersawn stock can have a flake pattern that is sometimes referred to as “butterflies” or “tiger rays”. The sap wood is white to light brown.
PROPERTIES... Red Oak is heavy and hard, with medium stiffness and bending strength and a high crushing strength. It steam-bends very well and is very hard- wearing. The wood works well with sharp hand and machine tools. It has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges, but can be planed, sawn, turned, bored and sanded well. Pre-boring is advised for screwing and nailing, and it glues satisfactorily. Red Oak takes stain and polishes well, and can be limed to good effect.
DURABILITY... Red Oak has little resistance to attack from decay-causing organisms and insects. The hardwood has moderate resistance to preservative treatment, whereas the sapwood is permeable.
COMMON USES... Furniture and cabinet making, and Interior joinery, boat building, domestic flooring including parquet, organ pipes, dry cooperage, railway sleepers (railroad ties ) and vehicle construction. American red Oak is sliced for decorative veneers and rotary-cut for plywood.
ORIGIN ... Eastern Canada and USA; also grown in Iran, Europe and UK
AVAILABILITY... we have 40 board feet in stock. The cost is about $3.50 a board foot and comes in variable widths from 6 to 12 inches and 4/4 S3S.