OAK RED PLYWOOD
Botanical Name: Quercus Rubra
Common Names: Northern Red oak, Eastern Red oak, Gray oak, American Red oak, Canadian Red oak, and Mountain Red oak
Sources: Grows in United States, Canada, and Europe.
Appearance: Straight grained with a coarse texture and prominent rays. Light reddish tan heartwood and narrow, almost white sapwood.
Physical Properties: Hard, strong, stiff, and strong with moderate stability in use and little natural decay resistance.
Working Properties: Machines quite well but has tendency to splinter and chip – avoid cutting against the grain. Turns and steam-bends fairly well. Somewhat difficult to work by hand. Nails and screws satisfactorily although pre-drilling recommended. Glues satisfactorily. Finishes well with most stains and finishes but relatively large pores may require a filler.
Uses: Used for cabinets, furniture, millwork, musical instruments, plywood, flooring, turnery, boxes, caskets, pallets, heavy construction, and many other applications.
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