- Domestic hardwood lumber
- Light and dark color and has a varied grain pattern
- Excellent wood for building, veneers, furniture, flooring, cabinetry, just about everything else
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Characteristics of Oak
|Density (mean, Kg/m³)||600-900 (depending on type)|
|Avg. Weight Per sq/ft³||37-56 lb/ft³ (depending on type)|
|Use(s)||Veneer, furniture, everything, carvings|
|Color scale||Light brown, reddish brown, golden brown|
|Moisture movement and Drying||
Red oak is especially hard to dry,
as it contains a lot of moisture.
If air drying, make sure to cover to
protect from the elements.
About The Oak Species
Oak is the most popular hardwoods used in furniture and flooring in the US. Oak belongs to the genus Quercus which comprises over 600 different species of trees. Not nearly as large as Ash, but Oak trees can reach 70ft in height and 9ft in width, although the branches can reach 135ft in length. A regular oak tree can absorb 50 gallons of water per day. Most oaks live over 200 years. Oak has been used in the manufacture of ships, whiskey barrels and Yamaha drums to name a few. Oak wood comes in a number of hues, but it’s grain pattern is quite unique, which makes it one of the easier species to recognize. The heartwood is usually a light to medium brown, commonly with a reddish cast, generally straight-grained with a coarse, uneven texture. The pores are so large and open that it is said that a person can blow into one end of the wood, and air will come out the other end
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