Red Oak quarter cut wood veneer sapwood is grayish-white to nearly white. Straight grain with a coarse and uneven texture. Red Oak stains easily and finishes well and has beautiful cathedrals with more red tones upon a light to medium brown.
Common Uses: Acoustic panels, architectural panels and doors. Ideal for interior architectural millwork, cabinetry and furniture.
Other Names: Northern Red Oak.
The Tree: A native North American tree, reaching heights of 60-75 feet, with trunk diameters generally about 3-4 feet. This is a fast growth tree, typically growing more than 24″ per year. Red Oak leaves change from a dark green during the summer to a vibrant red in autumn.
A Little History: Supplies are plentiful. It is one of the most, if not the most, commonly available U.S. domestic hardwoods. Because it is one of the fasting growing species of oak, prospects are good that it will remain plentiful for many years to come. (Source: A Guide to Useful Woods of the World, 2nd Edition) Red Oak is a popular choice among woodworkers due to how easy it is to work, its availability and its classic look.
Region: North America