The Red Oak is one of the largest and most important timber trees. One of the fastest growing of the oaks, it attains to 80 feet and a diameter of two to three feet.
The sapwood of Red Oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is often a pinkish reddish brown. The wood is similar in general appearance to White Oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure due to the smaller rays and a more porous end grain structure. The wood is mostly straight grained with a coarse texture.
1" (25mm), 2" (50mm).
Red oak machines well; nailing and screwing is good although pre-boring is recommended, and it can be stained and polished to a very good finish. It performs best when dried slowly, reducing the opportunity for degrade such as splits and warp. It has a high shrinkage and can be susceptible to movement in performance under variable moisture conditions.