The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown. The wood is similar in general appearance to white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure due to the smaller rays. The wood is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture
Furniture, flooring, architectural millwork and moldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling and caskets.
Red oak machines well, nailing and screwing are good although pre-boring is recommended, and it can be stained to a good finish. It can be stained with a wide range of finish tones. Red oak dries slowly.
The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness, and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending. Great wear-resistance.