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Where It's From:
There are over 17 different species of Red Oak that are found in the USA. It’s one of the most popular species of hard wood as well.
Why It's Special:
Quarter sawn old logs can produce some beautiful fleck in the boards that highlights the medullary rays.
How It Works:
The straight grain in Red Oak makes it an easy wood to work, both with hand tools or machines. When using nails or screws, a pilot hole should used to prevent splitting. It glues easily.
The heartwood is a pinkish/reddish brown. There is very little sapwood in Red Oak, but what remains is white.
Flooring, fine furniture, interior millwork, and moldings are common applications of red oak.