Sample is ¾-by-3 inchsquare-edge solid strip.
Top portion is finished with water base urethane; bottom with oil modified polyurethane.
COLOR:Heartwood is yellow after cutting and turns deep pinkish tan to warm reddish brown within weeks due to high resin content. Sapwood remains yellow, with occasional blue-black sap stain.
GRAIN: Dense, with high figuring. Plainsawn is swirled; rift- or quartersawn is primarily pinstriped. Curly or burl grain is rare.
VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Moderate color variation.
DURABILITY: Natural resistance to insect infestation in heartwood; dense.Above average (change coefficient .00263; 29% more stable than red oak).1225; 5% softer than Northern red oak.
SAWING/MACHINING: Good machining and hand-tooling qualities.
SANDING: Tendency to clog paper due to high resin content; begin with coarse grade
NAILING: Good holding ability.
FINISHING: Accepts both surface and penetrating finishes. Some stains may blotch; raising grain first may help. To reduce the wood’s tendency to repel finish coats, surface resins may be removed with a solvent that is compatible with the finish to be used.
(relative to plainsawn select red oak)