Color: Medium to dark red-brown; darkens over time.
Grain: Fine, interlocked.
Species & Grade Variations: Quartersawn material has a ribbon-striped effect.
Hardness (Janka): 1500 (16% harder than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability: Above average (7.4; 14% more stable than Northern oak).
Sawing/Machining: Saws easily.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if correct sanding sequence is followed.
- First Cut: 50 at a 7-15 degree angle with the grain
- Second Cut: 80 straight with the grain
- Third Cut: 100
- Hard Plate: 100 or 120
- First Screen: 100 or 120
- Second Screen: 150
Nailing: No known problems.
Finishing: Staining may over-darken the wood. No known finishing problems.