Red Oak

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Red Oak

Red Oak Wood – classic and rich.  Perfect for interior cabinets, floors and walls.  No matter the environment, there is a red oak option that can make your space pop.  Our Red Oak displays sharp, dark brown rays and medium brown grains throughout a backdrop of reddish yellow.  Grain patterns often showcase fine lines and pin stripes, but can vary wildly with knots and wormholes.  We source our red oak comes from sustainable forests where we know the farmers or harvesters.  We then hand select our lumber to assure a unique surface for home interiors.  Finish it roughly or smoothly, and seal it for a matte or gloss look.

Oak is one of the most common lumbers used for interior construction.  While much of red oak is used for timber, and defective logs are used for firewood, we are focused on finding and using only the highest quality wood.  When the right lumber is used, it can be one of the most beautiful woods to work with due to its grain pattern and character.

Red Oak has an open grain with large pores, which leads to its classic grain pattern.  The graining can be further accentuated when stained.  Red Oak has a coarse texture which can be kept for a more rustic look.  It can also be finely sanded and varnished for a more refined look.  Oak has incredible workability, and can even be steam bended.

Red Oak is a hardwood tree species.  It comes from a large deciduous tree known as Quercus Rubra, native to North America.  Red Oak wood can be used for cabinets, interior flooring and walls, trim and millwork, and veneers.

Wood is a product of nature, and therefore no two pieces are alike.  The exact same oak species growing in different locations can result in wildly different looks.  Please stop by or order a sample to confirm the exact look you want.



Wood Type



Cabinets, Interior Floor, Interior Wall

Wood Color

Dark Brown, Gray, Light Brown, Reddish Brown, White/Straw, Yellow/Gold

Wood Finish

Gloss, Matte

Wood Grain


Wood Hardness

1,000 – 2,000 lbf

Wood Decay Resistance


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.

Color Range

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.

Rot Resistance:

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.

U.S. Measurement
International measurement
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%
83%+ Clear:

We start with Select & Better graded lumber that is at least 83% clear on one side.

Kiln dried:

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.