AMERICAN RED OAK
Northern red oak (Canada & USA); Southern red oak, Spanish oak, Swamp red oak, Cherrybark oak and Shumard red oak (USA).
Eastern Canada and USA.
Mostly straight grained and coarse textured, with a less attractive figure than white oak due to smaller rays.
The heartwood resembles other oaks with a biscuit to pink color, but has a reddish tinge.
Average 770 kg/m3 (48 lb/ft3).
Bending strength – Medium
Crushing strength – High
Stiffness – Medium
Steam Bending – Very good
Natural tendency to dry slowly, with liability to split, check or honeycomb, and needs care in both air drying and kilning. There is medium movement in service.
Varies according to the density of the wood and growth conditions. There is a moderate blunting effect on cutters which should be kept sharp. Nailing may require pre-boring and gluing properties are variable. Can be stained and polished to a good finish.
The heartwood is non-durable and liable to insect attack but is moderately resistant to preservative treatment; the sapwood is permeable.