Red Oak, Northern

Quercus rubra

The color of Red Oak varies to the region in which the tree has grown. Banks prides itself with high quality Red Oak from the Northern Region. Red Oak is straight grained with a course textures and prominent rays. Its color is reddish tan heartwood and narrow, almost white sapwood.


The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending and has a great wear-resistance. Red Oak machines well, nailing and screwing are good although pre-boring is recommended, and it can be good stained to a good finish. It can be stained with a wide range of finish tones.


It used mainly for furniture, flooring, architectural millwork and mouldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling and caskets.

Rustic Red Oak

Quercus rubra

Rustic Red Oak is pulled for it’s character. It will yield no less than #1Com with sound cuttings (unlike clear-face cuttings in the standard grading rules). The sound characters will include sound knots (1/2” in average diameter or less), and excessive pin knots. It can also include some pieces with heavy worm holes in addition to these sound characters. The color will include a full range of color inherent in Red Oak and including some mineral streaks.