The Northern Red Oak is a strong, straight grained wood and is one of the most stable of all domestic woods. The open pores in Red Oak absorb more of the stain so the grain patterns often become more evident. The sapwood of Red Oak is white to light brown while the heartwood is a pinkish brown and carries red tones. This traditional choice is easily modernized to present color trends. Ask about our popular and unique Merlot finish; red oak has never looked so rich.