The quintessential American hardwood, Red Oak has a classic look and excellent strength properties. Its broad heartwood ranges from a pinkish tone to light reddish-brown. These thin boards are machined S4S to 1/8" and 1/4" thicknesses, eliminating wear and tear on your planer. You won't have to worry about chipout, which is difficult to prevent when planing thin stock. Thin boards are ideal for edging, veneering, inlay, marquetry, sides for decorative boxes, bending stock, bent laminations and whatever else your imagination can dream up!
- Tree: May reach a height of about 60 to 90 feet), with a 12 to 36 inch diameter trunk.
- Grain: Usually straight and open. Plainsawn lumber may exhibit a plumed or flared grain appearance, while riftsawn boards show a tighter grain pattern. Quartersawn boards often have a flake pattern, sometimes called tiger rays or butterflies. Color variation is usually pronounced and is dependent upon the origin of the wood and the growing season in that locality.
- Texture: Depends on the rate of growth of the tree. Red oaks from the north are less coarse than the faster growing red oak from southern states.Working characteristics: Red oak is hard, but responds readily to sharp tools.
- Staining: Good staining qualities. Darker colored stain preceded by a light colored filler produces the 'lime' look. High tannin content makes the wood compatible with ammonia treatment to yield a nearly black finish.
- Steam Bending: Often used for steam bending.
- Strength Properties: Bending and crushing strength is high. Medium hardness, heavy weight. Red oak is less decay resistant than white oak or European oak.