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Oak (Red), North American Quercus spp.

Oak (Red), North American
Quercus spp.
Density: 705kg/m3

Description:

The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is 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. The red oak tree gets its name because of the colour of the leaves in the Autumn.

Working Properties:

The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending. Southern red oak has a more rapid growth than Northern red oak and tends to be harder and heavier.

Physical Properties:

The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending. Southern red oak has a more rapid growth than Northern red oak and tends to be harder and heavier.

Durability:

Rated slightly to non-resistant to heartwood decay, moderately easy to treat with preservatives.

Main Uses:

Construction, furniture, flooring, architectural interiors, internal joinery and mouldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, panelling, coffins and caskets. Not suitable for tight cooperage.