Glacial Species & Grades

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Red Oak

Other Common Names: American Red Oak, Black Oak, Buck Oak, Eastern Red Oak, Leopard Oak, Spanish Oak, Spotted Oak, Water Oak

Northwest’s Red Oak is grown in both the Glacial and Appalachian regions.

Red Oak is a timeless, American classic used in furniture, flooring, cabinetry, joinery and architectural millwork. The sapwood of Red Oak is white to very light brown, while the heartwood is reddish brown. Fast-grown Red Oak, with wide rings, is stronger and heavier than slow-grown Red Oak. We sort our red oak by color to help reduce waste and produce cabinets and furniture with beautiful, uniform color tones. It is graded after kiln drying and planing and offer unique quality consistency compared to commodity oak products.

Red Oak is also used in railroad ties, fence posts, veneer, furniture, cabinets, paneling, flooring, caskets, and pulpwood.

PROPERTIES

  • Machining 5
  • Nailing 4
  • Screwing 4
  • Gluing 4
  • Finishing 5

PROPERTIES OF Red Oak

Red Oak has a course texture and is straight-grained, hard, tough, very stiff, and strong. When properly dried and treated, oak wood glues well, machines very well, and accepts a variety of finishes.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE

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Alder, red (Western).414.47.3590582098001380Fine
Ash.604.97.813207410154001770FIne
Birch, Yellow.627.39.512608170166002010FIne
Cherry, Black.454.27.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Hemlock.457.37.812607200113001630Moad/Course
Hickory.624.29.5540113001630Moad/Course
Maple, PC (Big Leaf).627.37.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Maple, silver (soft).627.37.85407200113001630Moad/Course
Maple, sugar (hard).627.37.81260113001630Moad/Course
Oak, Red (Northern).627.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
Oak, White.627.37.812607200113001630Moad/Course
Poplar, yellow.627.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
Walnut, black.657.37.8540113001630Moad/Course
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