Revisiting Red Oak

Red Oak is one of the most widely used and abundant hardwoods in the eastern United States. Prized by many in the production of furniture, cabinets, interior decorative items, flooring, stairs, and even mouldings. But if you have spent a considerable amount of time in the hardwood lumber industry then you have probably already learned that not all Red Oak lumber is the same.

Typically, Red Oak has a straight grain, coarse texture and is heavier in comparison to most hardwoods. It also grows plentifully in the eastern portions of the United States and Canada. But there are a few subtle differences between the RedRevisit Red Oak Oaks found throughout such a large growing region. Red Oak that has been grown in the Northern and Appalachian regions (Quercus rubra) usually has a light pink/red color heartwood, tighter growth rings, and better color consistency. This makes it perfect for manufacturers that desire those “special” Red Oak characteristics for their specific use.

However, Red Oak grown in Southern regions (Quercus falcata) typically has a darker, red/brown coloration, and due to its longer growing season is more attractive to manufacturers that require longer average lengths and widths. This makes it a great fit for many of our millwork and moulding customers that require the longer lengths and widths for their production.  

We mention this because it is important to realize that while Northern and Southern Red Oak have subtle differences, they both can be of high quality and benefit across a variety of applications. We have found that many of our customers often prefer one type of Red Oak over another simply based on their manufacturing needs. The key is to work with a supplier that understands your specific needs and can provide you with the lumber that works best for you. Our proprietary Red Oak grades are a great example of this. 

Super Prime Red Oak: This proprietary grade helps you increase yields and reduce waste by providing only the best Prime grade Red Oak available.

- Available in 4/4" & 8/4" thicknesses
- 90/60 Heartwood specs
- 6" and wider widths
- Restrictions for wane and side bend included
- No mineral, checking, or stain

Super Common Red Oak: Allows customers to get the most out of every common Red Oak board.

- Available in 4/4
- Full 5.0” and wider
- 7’ and longer
- Provides 25% higher minimum yield over standard 1 Common lumber

These proprietary grades are designed to give customers the most for their money. Of course, we have 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 a general availability of Red Oak in 10/4 and thicker stock. We can even surface (S2S) and SLR2E upon request.

As always, let us know if our team can help you with any of your Red Oak needs. We are happy to help figure out what Red Oak products would work best for YOU!

Brett Del Prince
Baillie Lumber
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