Natural Red Oak from TaylorCraft will be clear of pronounced defects but will possess inherent characteristics of the species in which only the extremes will be removed. Color and grain, while monitored, will vary more and will not be as uniform in appearance as Select grade, and will contain strong and varied grain patterns and a variety of tones with red being the primary color, mixed with shades of white, tan, brown, green, blue, and black. Natural grade is recommended when natural color and grain variations are desired or acceptable such as when used with medium to dark stained finishes. General characteristics of Red Oak are: predominantly pinkish to reddish brown heartwood and white to light brown sapwood, with a strong grain pattern and occasional mineral streaks, small, sound knots, and wormholes. Red Oak is a heavy, hard wood and is generally receptive to a variety of stains and finishes.
If you or your customers are not familiar with the species or our grading, we strongly recommend ordering a cabinet door sample from TaylorCraft to prevent any misunderstanding.