The heartwood of Red Oak can be wheat, to pink, to a dark reddish brown color. The sapwood is typically white in color. Red Oak can vary in color significantly depending on the region trees are harvested from. The Northern Region, in particularly Michigan, is well known for producing stock that is heavy wheat and uniform in color overall. Mineral and dark streaks are less predominant from the region as well. The wood has a tight straight grain pattern with a coarse texture. Red oak machines, screws and nails well.
Availability at Kamps Hardwoods:
Red oak is offered in all NHLA grades, 3Com&Btr, as well as proprietary grades. Color sorts include wheat, red, unselected, and color-no-defect (heavy mineral/sap stain) sorts. Red oak is offered in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, and 8/4 thickness. Rift/Quartered red oak is available in 2C&Btr grades.