Wormy Red Oak

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Wormy Red Oak

Oak wood has a density of great strength and hardness. The wood is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has very appealing grain markings, particularly when quartersawn. The wood was hewn from green logs, by axe and wedge, to produce radial planks, similar to quarter-sawn timber. Wide, quarter-sawn boards of oak have been prized since the Middle Ages for use in interior panelling of prestigious buildings and in the construction of fine furniture.

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Appearance

Color

  • Pieces are more reddish than white oak.
  • Heartwood and sapwood are comparable in color with sapwood being slightly lighter.

Grain

  • Open, somewhat coarser than white oak.
  • Large Variation in Color and Grain within Species and Grades (depending on the origin of the wood and corresponding differences in growing seasons)

Properties

Durability

  • 1290 (benchmark) Hardness (Janka)
  • Average Dimensional Stability
  • Stiff and dense and resists wear.
  • Has high shock resistance.
  • Less durable than white oak.

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