The sapwood of Red Oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is pinkish reddish brown. The wood is similar in general appearance to white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure (Quartered) due to the smaller rays. The wood is mostly straight-grained (Rift), with a coarse texture.
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. It dries slowly.