Technical Wood Properties for Red Oak Hardwood

Technical information about Red Oak from

  • Red Oak

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  • Scientific Name, Other Names: Quercus spp, American red oak, Black oak, Canadian red oak, Gray oak, Northern red oak, Southern red oak, Scarlet oak, Spanish oak
  • Description: Oak is one the more popular woods for LTF or Laminated Truck Flooring. It is somewhat durable and reasonably hard, however it is not the most stable wood available.
  • Janka Hardness: 1,290 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 14,300 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 1,850 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 780
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 8.6%
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.0%
  • About:
  • Family: Fagaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: Red Oak can reach a height of 125 feet with a large diameter.
  • Geographic Area: Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Color: Reddish-brown with light brown sapwood.
  • Photosensitivity: Red Oak is nearly unaffected by light exposure
  • Luster: Low luster
  • Grain: Straight grained
  • Texture: Medium to fine
  • Drying Characteristics: Moderate movement
  • Working Characteristics: Rated as easy to work, gluing and holding fasteners exceptionally well. It can split when nailed unless predrilled. It is rated as finishing well, but shrinks considerably.
  • Durability Rating: Rated as slightly resistant to heartwood decay.
  • Applications: Ships, railroad crossties, timber bridges, tannin dyes, fuel wood, hardwood dimensions and flooring, furniture, veneer, plywood, barrels, kegs, casks, truck and trailer beds, mining timbers, containers, pallets, caskets, boxes, paneling, flooring.
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