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Wood Properties of Red Oak

Red Oak Alternative Name 1
Northern Red Oak

Red Oak Alternative Name 2
Southern Red Oak

Red Oak Alternative Name 3
Pin Oak

Red Oak Amount of Figure
Low

Red Oak Amount of Natural Luster
Low

Red Oak Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Red Oak Available As Lumber
Yes

Red Oak Available as Veneer
Yes

Red Oak Available only in small sizes
No

Red Oak Bending Strength
High

Red Oak Blunting of Tool Blades
Moderate

Red Oak Botanical Name
Quercus spp.

Red Oak Carving
Average to somewhat difficult to carve

Red Oak Clear Finish or Varnish
Fair

Red Oak Color of Wood
Gray Brown

Red Oak Contrast between growth rings
Ring Porous

Red Oak Crushing Strength
High

Red Oak Decorative Figure
No

Red Oak Density
High

Red Oak Drilling
Very good

Red Oak Fill before Finishing
Requires a filler

Red Oak Gluing
Average - Requires control

Red Oak Grain
Straight

Red Oak Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Well-defined or Conspicuous growth ring

Red Oak Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Conspicuous growth ring stripe, ribbon or flake pattern

Red Oak Hand Tooling
Average

Red Oak Hardness
Hard, difficult to dent

Red Oak Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Red Oak Harmful Properties
May cause respiratory problems

Red Oak Interlocked Grain
Yes

Red Oak Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Red Oak Machine Tools
Average

Red Oak Mortising
Very good

Red Oak Movement after drying
Moderate

Red Oak Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

Red Oak Nailing
Fair - may require pre-drilled pilot hole especially near ends

Red Oak Natural Durability
Non-durable

Red Oak Number of Knots
Low

Red Oak Painting
Good

Red Oak Planing
Very good

Red Oak Polishing
Good

Red Oak Pounds per cubic foot maximum
48

Red Oak Pounds per cubic foot minimum
43

Red Oak Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
Yes

Red Oak Sanding
Good

Red Oak Sawing
Moderate cutting resistance

Red Oak Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Red Oak Screwing
Good - Screwing seldom splits wood

Red Oak Shaping
Rather difficult

Red Oak Size of Knots
Large

Red Oak Size of Pores
Large Pores - Open grain

Red Oak Specific Gravity
Very high

Red Oak Specific Gravity maximum
.68

Red Oak Specific Gravity minimum
.68

Red Oak Staining
Good

Red Oak Steam Bending
Good

Red Oak Stiffness
High

Red Oak Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Red Oak Texture of the Wood
Coarse

Red Oak Toughness
High

Red Oak Turning
Good

Red Oak Weight
Heavy

Red Oak Wood Defects
Check (or split), honeycomb (or collapse), ring check, stain

Red Oak Work Notes
Hard mineral deposits require sharp or carbide tipped saw knives

Red Oak Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Red Oak Use for Carving
no

Red Oak Use for Cooperage
no

Red Oak Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Red Oak Use for Flooring
YES

Red Oak Use for Furniture
YES

Red Oak Use for Handles
YES

Red Oak Use for Heavy Construction
no

Red Oak Use for Inlay
no

Red Oak Use for Interior Finish
YES

Red Oak Use for Light Construction
no

Red Oak Use for Marine Applications
no

Red Oak Use for Marquetry
no

Red Oak Use for Millwork
YES

Red Oak Use for Models and Patterns
no

Red Oak Use for Musical Instruments
no

Red Oak Use for Novelties
no

Red Oak Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Red Oak Use for Shingles
no

Red Oak Use for Sports Equipment
no

Red Oak Use for Turnery
YES

Red Oak Use for Woodenware
YES





     
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