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Red oak

Prunus Serotina
Beautiful markings that have long fascinated woodworkers.
Used exclusively in fine furniture and cabinetry, cherry is coveted throughout the world particularly in Europe. Occasional clusters of pin knots and dark streaks of gum set cherry apart from any other hardwood flooring. Its deep reddish color and its closed grain bring out its silky luster. Cherry is an ideal choice for the gentler areas of the home, such as a master suite or dining room. It will gracefully darken with age.

Red Oak 1

Red Oak 2

Sawing: Good
Sanding: Satisfactory
Nailing: Good holding
Finishing: No problems

 
Comparison chart
Hardness
Brazilian Cherry2350
Mesquite2345
Santos Mahogany2200
Merbau1925
Jarrah1910
Purpleheart1860
*Hickory1820
African Padauk1725
Wenge1630
Australian Cypress1375
White Oak1360
*White Ash1320
Beech1300
Red Oak1290
Birch1260
Antique Heart Pine1225
American Black Walnut1010
Thai/Burmese Teak1000
Hard Maple950
American Black Cherry950
S. Yellow Pine (Longleaf)870
S. Yellow Pine (Shortleaf)690
Douglas Fir660
Stability**
Mesquite.00129
Merbau.00158
Australian Cypress.00162
African Padauk.00180
Thai/Burmese Teak.00186
Wenge.00201
Purpleheart.00212
Santos Mahogany.00238
Hard Maple.00248
American Black Cherry.00248
Antique Heart Pine.00263
S. Yellow Pine (Shortleaf).00265
S. Yellow Pine (Longleaf).00265
Douglas Fir.00267
White Ash.00274
American Black Walnut.00274
Brazilian Cherry.00300
Birch.00338
White Oak.00365
Red Oak.00369
Jarrah.00396
*Hickory.00411
Beech.00431