Wednesday, 26 February 2020 14:46

Not All Red Oak is the Same

Sought after by many in the production of furniture, cabinets, interior decorative items, flooring, stairs, and even moulding industries, Red Oak is one of the most widely used and abundant hardwoods in the eastern United States. However, the more time you spend in the hardwood lumber industry the more you come to realize that not all Red Oak lumber that is produced in the same product. DSC1973

Red Oak grows plentifully in the eastern portions of the United States and Canada. A majority of the Red Oak that we produce, receive inquiries for, and provide to our customers is in the 4/4 or 8/4 thickness range. But it is important to note that there are a few subtle differences between the Red Oaks found throughout such a large growing region.

Let's focus on Northern Red Oak in particular. Red Oak that has been grown in the Northern and Appalachian regions (Quercus rubra) has a characteristic light pink or red color heartwood, tight growth rings due to the shorter growing season, and better overall color consistency. Northern Red Oak then is a perfect choice for manufacturers that desire those “special” Red Oak characteristics in their production.

An excellent example of the prized properties of Northern Red Oak is our 8/4 Prime Red Oak from our Titusville, PA facility. For this product, we use a combination of timber selection, sawing techniques, drying practices, and sorting to provide a premium Northern Red Oak product that is flat, straight, has excellent color consistency. It is well edged, has great average widths and a really nice cathedral grain pattern. It truly is everything you could ever want out of a Red Oak offering.

Of course, we have many other Red Oak offerings as well.  We typically have a wide availability of Red Oak lumber in thicknesses ranging from 4/4 through 8/4 and general availability of Red Oak in 10/4 and thicker stock. We can even surface (S2S) and SLR2E upon request.

Let us know how we can help with any of your Red Oak needs. We are happy to help figure out what would work best for you.

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