Arguably the most popular hardwood in the United States, Red Oak is a ubiquitous sight in many homes. Even many vinyl/imitation wood surfaces are printed to look like Red Oak. Hard, strong, and moderately priced, Red Oak presents an exceptional value to woodworkers—which explains why it is so widely used in cabinet and furniture making.
A hardwood chosen primarily for its prominent open grain pattern. Some color variation from reddish tan to medium brown is possible. Occasional pin knots and mineral streaks are also characteristic. Red Oak is relatively heavy in weight and exhibits high shock resistance. It accepts stain readily and finishes well.