Considered a symbol of strength, Red Oak has a rich reddish-gold patina that is unmatched by any other wood. Red Oak can carry a theme throughout your home with its strong undertone, while allowing other facets of your design to stand out.
COLOR: Heartwood and sapwood are similar, with sapwood lighter in color; most pieces have a reddish tone. Slightly more red than white oak.
GRAIN: Open, slightly coarser (more porous) than white oak. Plain sawn boards have a plumed or flared grain appearance; rift sawn has a tighter grain pattern, low figuring, quarter sawn has a flake pattern, sometimes called tiger rays or butterflies.
VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: More than 200 subspecies in North America.
HARDNESS (JANKA): Hard (benchmark)
DIMENSIONAL STABILITY: Average
DURABILITY: Dense and very strong.