Color: Light brown to
dark reddish brown.
Grain: High in character, with ingrown bark and
mineral streaks. Most commonly used in flooring as end-grain block,
which has small irregular cracks radiating across the grain.
Variations Within Species And Grades: One grade;
moderate color variations.
82% HARDER THAN Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient
.00129; 65% more stable than red oak).
Durability: Dense and very strong. End-grain cut has
excellent resistance to abrasion and shock.
good machining qualities.
Sanding: Plainsawn can be sanded to a smooth surface;
end-grain requires #16 grit sandpaper to flatten.
Nailing: Good holding ability, but splits easily.
Finishing: No known problems.
Comments: End-grain block usage results in a hard,
high-wear surface. produces only small size boards.
(relative to plainsawn select red