The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown
and the heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown.
The wood is similar in general appearance to
white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced
figure due to the smaller rays. The wood is
mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture.
Red oak machines well, nailing and screwing
are good although pre-boring is recommended,
it can be stained to a good finish. It can
be stained with a wide range of finish tones.
The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending
strength and stiffness and high crushing
strength. It is very good for steam bending.
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Wood Species copy courtesy
(c) 2001, Hardwood Manufacturers Association