Red Oak is white to light brown. The heartwood is pinkish reddish brown. Red Oak is mostly straight grained with a coarse texture. Red Oak is hard & heavy. Red Oak has medium bending strength, stiffness and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending. North American Southern Red Oak has a more rapid growth than Northern red oak. This is a thicker stock for furniture. KD to 5 to 9% at US Mill but may gain 1 to 2% to ship to foreign port.