Red Oak: (Quercus spp) Ratings 1 to 5 (best):
4/4 through 12/4 ElF & Btr
4/4 through 8/4 ElF & Btr
4/4 through 8/4 #1 Com & Btr
Widespread throughout Eastern U.S. The oaks are by far the largest species group growing in the Eastern hardwood forest. Red oaks grow more abundantly than the white oaks. The red oak group comprises many species, of which about eight are commercial.
The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is a 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.
Red oak machines well, nailing and screwing are good although pre-boring is recommended, and it can be stained to a good finish. It dries slowly.
The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending.
Furniture, flooring, architectural millwork and moulding, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling, and caskets.