RED OAKEverywhere I look these days I see "Red oak" mentioned. The large number of U.S.Asian blogs and pages I look at and of course "The Woodrights Shop" may go some way to explain this, but I have recently found this timber at the masters warehouse store near Canberra airport.
Being me I wondered what it was, where it came from, how useful it is to me and of course is it being produced sustainably?
Here is what I have found out:Red Oak
Quercus Rubra Family FAGACEAE
Common name(s): red oak, northern red oak
Synonym(s): Quercus borealis F.Michx.
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Habitat: Valley floors to mid-slopes of hills and mountains Quercus rubra is native to south-eastern Canada and north-central and eastern USA.
Red oak is hard timber from a rapidly growing tree, which naturally make it a good plantation tree. It is straight grained with with large open pores. Apparently the grain is so open that smoke can be blown all the way through a flat-sawn board.
How does it compare to Quercus robur? (European/English oak)
- Q. rubra :770 kg/m³
- Q. robur: 670-720 kg/m³
- Q. rubra: Radial: 4.0%, Tangential: 8.6%, Volumetric: 13.7%, T/R Ratio: 2.2
- Q. robur: Shrinkage:Radial: 4.7%, Tangential: 8.4%, Volumetric: 13.0%, T/R Ratio: 1.8
- Q. rubra: 44 lbs/ft3 (700 kg/m3)
- Q. robur: 42 lbs/ft3 (675 kg/m3)