Red Oak just might be the wood you picture when you hear the word “wood.” Word. Red Oak is a classic and classy wood that has the ubiquitous cathedral graining pattern that is so often mimicked in engineered wood products. Hard, abundant and with a slight reddish cast to the wood, Red Oak deserves its place in the Clark Fine Wood Products lineup.
Common Names: Red Oak, Oak
Scientific Name: Quercus rubra
Color and Appearance: You probably have seen Red Oak or something that was designed to look like Red Oak 100 different times today. It is not as often left in its natural color which is a light tan or brown with a slight reddish cast. Red Oak can have a variety of different grain patterns depending on how the tree grew and how it was cut into lumber.
How I use it: Red Oak’s do not often have a lot of variety between boards but when I can find a piece with some unusual grain patterns or some light insect damage (don’t worry, nothing survives the kilning process) I jump at the chance to include it in a piece.
What will the Red Oak look like on my Clark Fine Wood Products piece? All wood has its own grain and color so each piece I make will never have another that looks exactly like it. Here is some of the variation you might see on your Clark Fine Wood Products Piece: