bring your HOME to life with unique surfaces:
The finish materials you use for the surfaces around your home can become some of the most important focal points in your home. Using a carefully selected wood for interior floors, cabinets, and other surfaces can add a unique tactile effect that projects beauty and luxury. With our carefully curated building materials, your home can set a new standard. Our red oak options displayed here are a great example.
Red Oak is a great wood for cabinets, interior flooring, and interior millwork.
There is wide color variation in natural oak, and like all woods, its color changes over time. It depends a lot on the exact species of oak, and the growing conditions of the tree. Therefore Red Oak will exhibit moderate color variation from board to board. Most natural oak has a background of light tan with a reddish tinge, and darker grains of browns and golds. Oak is one of the few woods whose color is thought to get better with age.
Quartersawn red oak displays ray fleck patterns, and longer, thin rays of dark browns and grays.
Staining is common with oak, usually with a color oil or varnish, which allows for an even wider range of colors. It’s almost infinite the colors you can pull out of red oak.
Finish and Texture:
Oak can be treated and finished in a large number of ways. Therefore the final texture and finish can vary widely, achieving different looks for different spaces.
Red Oak planks can be roughly finished, lightly brushed, or smooth sanded. Our rough finish provides a rustic look. A light brush for a slight smoothing of the surface results in a lightly textured finish with a slight relief. Smooth sanding can provide a more modern aethetic.
Oak can then be varnished for a matte finish or a glossy shine.
Red Oak has a straight grain, but the type of cut can greatly affect the appearance because red oak has very large pores. The pores are so big and open that you can blow into one end of the wood, and air will come out the other end. We look for Oak with no visible knots on the surface.
Gast is committed to using green building materials. Red Oak is not listed in the CITES Appendices or IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Over the last few decades, red oak has dealt with many diseases that have limited its ability to proliferate. Therefore we source our red oak wood from environmentally responsible harvesters.
When materials are sourced and manufactured with sustainability in mind, it means we live in a healthier world.
Red Oak is easy to work. It is also easy to stain and finish, and glues well. Red oak has high shrinkage values, resulting in below average dimensional stability. It responds well to steam-bending.
Red Oak is rated as non-durable to perishable. It stains when in contact with water, and has poor insect resistance. Red Oak should be used indoors, and properly protected.
|Janka Hardness:||1,220 lbf||5,430 N|
|Modulus of Rupture:||14,380 lbf/in²||99.2 MPa|
|Elastic Modulus:||1,761,000 lbf/in²||12.14 GPa|
|Crushing Strength:||6,780 lbf/in²||46.8 MPa|
|Density:||45 lb/ft3||740 kg/m3|
|Shrinkage:||Radial: 4.0%; Tangental: 8.6%; Volumetric: 13.7%|
We start with Select & Better graded lumber that is at least 83% clear on one side.
All of our wood is kiln dried and stored in a protected warehouse.
We store our wood as S4S, which stands for “surfaced on 4 sides.” The boards have two flat and parallel faces and two flat and parallel edges. The boards are first surfaced on both faces (S2S) with a planer, and receive a rip on both edges.
BULK Commercial Pricing
We do sell our unique wood slabs to third parties that have a need for this wood. Our wood is hand selected for superior appearance and performance. If you are working on a large project and in need of large amounts or slabs, we can offer great pricing for bulk orders. We can also finish the wood for your project. Please contact us for a quote if you are interested.