Red Oak (Quercus rubra) is a timeless, American classic used in furniture, flooring, cabinetry, joinery and architectural millwork. Red oak has a straight, coarse, and uneven grain with large pores but, unlike white oak, red oak is less resistant to rot and to insects and has a tendency to stain when in contact with water. The sapwood of Red Oak is white to very light brown, while the heartwood is reddish brown. It is heavy, hard and stiff and has high shock resistance. Red oak wood is more permeable, it is easier to treat with preservative treatments.


  • Hard and heavy
  • Telltale smells common to oaks
  • High-crushing strength
  • Good workability
  • Durable


  • Rail road ties and fence posts
  • Veneer
  • Furniture, chairs, tables
  • Flooring, parquet flooring
  • Caskets and tools
  • Door frames
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