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Red Oak Lumber

About Red Oak

Red Oak is a timeless, American classic used for furniture, flooring, cabinetry, joinery, and architectural millwork. It is hard, strong, and moderately priced, so many woodworkers greatly value this species. Red Oak has large, open pores and a distinctive grain.

Two ways to buy Red Oak lumber:
  1. Order by the foot. Select the number of board feet you want. We'll choose the sizes that will ship best.
  2. Order by piece. Choose your size. This option comes surfaced on two sides and is trimmed to width.

Order Red Oak Lumber
by the board foot

bdft. 4/4 Red Oak (S2S)
Surfaced to 13/16"
$4.10 /bdft.
bdft. 8/4 Red Oak (S2S)
Surfaced to 1 13/16"
$4.85 /bdft.

Order Red Oak Lumber
by the piece

4/4 Red Oak (S4S)
Surfaced to 13/16"
by
$1.61ea.
(0.271 bdft.)
8/4 Red Oak (S4S)
Surfaced to 1 13/16"
by
$3.82ea.
(0.604 bdft.)
*Pieces over 4' long might cost more to ship. Read more about shipping.

What is a Board Foot?

A board foot (bdft.) is a standard of measurement equal to one square foot that is one inch thick. This measurement is used to measure the volume of lumber.

You can order Red Oak wood by the board foot above or choose the exact size you need.

What is 4/4?

When lumber is cut at a lumber mill, the thickness is traditionally measured in quarters of an inch. For example, 4/4 equates to 1 inch and 8/4 equates to 2 inches thick.

When you order Red Oak lumber from us, it is surfaced on both sides (S2S), resulting in a loss of about 3/16 of an inch in thickness.

4/4 lumber will come surfaced to 13/16" thick, and 8/4 to 1 & 13/16".

After sanding or shaping, you should be left with about 3/4" workable material.

Looking for thinner material? See Project Ready wood.

What does S2S and S4S mean?

S2S means the lumber will be surfaced on two sides—it is planed smooth on the top and bottom face but not sanded. The edges are left rough.
S4S means the lumber will be surfaced on four sides—it is planed smooth on the top and bottom face with both edges trimmed straight and to size.

All S4S and S2S lumber is planed but not sanded. It will need sanding before a finish can be applied.

Looking for sanded, ready-to-go wood? See Project Ready wood.

Is the wood clear?

All our Lumber is Select and Better (Sel&Btr) grade unless otherwise specified. Select and Better is the highest grade available.
Most pieces will be 83% to completely clear. Small peices are usually completely clear, while larger pieces might have small defects or a few sound knots.

Kiln Dried

Our Red Oak wood is kiln dried. Kiln drying is an effective way of drying green (freshly cut) lumber in a controlled environment to a specific moisture content. The resulting dried wood is stronger and more stable.

Other Red Oak Products

Red Oak Project Ready Wood

The thin wood that's perfect for scroll sawing, laser cutting and engraving, thick veneers and many other crafts.

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Red Oak Plywood

Our Red Oak Hardwood Plywoods are top quality, with an MDF core, making them more stable. Sheets available in 1/4x12x24 and 1/4x16x24 sizes.

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Red Oak Turning and Carving Blanks

We carry 2x2x12 and 1.5x1.5x12 Red Oak blocks. They work great for cutting compound creations on the scroll saw, like chess pieces and Christmas ornaments. Also for turning projects on the lathe and much more.

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Red Oak Pen Blanks

We carry 3/4x3/4x5 inch Red Oak blanks for pen turning. Only $0.50 each!

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