varies from yellow-brown to dark golden brown; turns rich brown under
exposure to sunlight. Sapwood is a lighter cream color.
Grain: Straight; coarse, uneven texture.
Variations Within Species And Grades: Moderate to
high color variation.
22% softer than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient
.00186; 50% more stable than red oak).
Durability: Strength values are similar to those of
ease in working with hand and machine tools; silica in wood dulls tools
quickly; carbine tooling is recommended.
Sanding: Clogs abrasives; frequent sandpaper changes
Nailing: Good holding ability.
Finishing: Natural oils may interfere with adhesion
and drying of some finishes. 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.
Comments: Has an oil feel. Unique in that it does not
cause rust or corrosion when in contact with metal. Respiratory and
dermatological allergic potential.
(relative to plainsawn select red