Red Oak Hardwood Technical Species Information

Detailed scientific and mechanical properties for Red Oak wood

Red Oak

  • Description: The red-tinged brown heartwood and white tones of Red Oak creates a subtle but resonant contrast that makes this wood uniquely enjoyable. A consistent grain adds to the grace of the overall presentation of the wood. All of these elements make Red Oak a colorfully multifaceted yet understated beauty that, much like White Oak, is aesthetically complimentary to any style of home.
  • More Info: Our Red Oak is available exclusively in the engineered format. The boards are 1/2" thick with 3-5" widths available with 1-4' random lengths. Many of our engineered products are FSC certified.
  • Other Names: Quercus spp, American red oak, Black oak, Canadian red oak, Gray oak, Northern red oak, Southern red oak, Scarlet oak, Spanish oak
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Red Oak Lumber Scientific Properties and Technical Specifications

  • Janka Hardness: 1,290 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 14,300 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 1,850 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 780
  • Color: Reddish-brown with light brown sapwood.
  • Photosensitivity: Red Oak will darken slightly upon exposure to light.
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 8.6 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.0 %
  • Family: Fagaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: Red Oak can reach a height of 125 feet with a large diameter.
  • Geographic Area: Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Texture: Medium to fine
  • Grain: Straight grained
  • Luster: Low luster
  • Durability Rating: Rated as slightly resistant to heartwood decay.
  • Drying Characteristics: Moderate movement
  • Working Characteristics: Rated as easy to work, gluing and holding fasteners exceptionally well. It can split when nailed unless predrilled. It is rated as finishing well, but shrinks considerably.
  • Applications: Ships, railroad crossties, timber bridges, tannin dyes, fuel wood, hardwood dimensions and flooring, furniture, veneer, plywood, barrels, kegs, casks, truck and trailer beds, mining timbers, containers, pallets, caskets, boxes, paneling, flooring.
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