Red Oak

Red Oak Description
Quercus rubra

Red Oak: aka Northern Red Oak, Southern Red Oak, Canadian Red Oak.

Colour: Sapwood lighter in color than heartwood with most pieces showing a reddish to pink tone.

Grain: Coarse, open grain wood. Plain sawn exhibits plumed or flared grain. Growth rings highly visible. Riftsawn exhibits linear appearance and less figure; quarter sawn shows medullary rays and more prominent flaking.

Janka Hardness:
1290 lbs of dent resistance.

Finishing: Stains and finishes well. Strong contrast between spring and summer wood due to porous nature of the species.

Notes: a commodity wood species used throughout the flooring industry.


Red Oak Technical Data

RED OAK
Green
Dry
English
Bending Strength
8672
13730
psi
Crushing Strength
681
1117
psi
Density
 
43
lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness
1290
lbs
Impact Strength
53
47
inches
Maximum Crushing Strength
3933
6804
psi
Shearing Strength
1738
psi
Static Bending
4116
8134
psi
Stiffness
1430
1701
1000 psi
Toughness
 
470
inch-lbs
Work to Maximum Load
13
15
inch-lbs/in3
Specific Gravity
0.56
0.62
Weight
47
42
lbs/ft3
Radial Shrinkage
3
%
Tangential Shrinkage
8
%
Volumetric Shrinkage
13
%

 

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