Color: Cream-colored sapwood; heartwood is honey-gold to brown with darker knots throughout.
Species & Grade Variations: High degree of color variability.
Hardness (Janka): 1375; 6% harder than Northern Red Oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00162; 56% more stable than Red Oak). However, actual installations have demonstrated significant movement in use.
Sawing / Machining: Good machining qualities.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Can be brittle (like Brazilian Cherry); splits easily.
Finishing: No known problems.
Comments: Respiratory allergic potential.
(Relative to plainsawn select Red Oak.)