Does Red Oak Stain Well?

Red Oak Board With Stain

As a woodworking fanatic with perpetually stained hands, I’ve experimented with every type of wood under the sun. Red oak’s intricate grain has always tempted me, but I could never get the deeper stains to penetrate properly. After too many …

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Is Oak Good For Carving?

Carving Wood

We will admit that we are not wood carvers.  We love working with wood, of course, but our woodworking is in the making and building of things – desks and bed frames for the kids, outdoor decks, cutting boards, and …

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Is White Oak Good For Cutting Boards?

White Oak Cutting Board

I’ve often been asked about the best wood for making cutting boards. Through my experience and practice, I’ve found that white oak is a strong candidate. I’ve discovered that white oak’s natural antibacterial properties and water resistance make it stand …

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What Is Quarter Sawn Oak?

What Is Quarter Sawn Oak

Amish woodcrafters are known for their quality furniture and their woodworking skills.  They go to great lengths to create and produce well-made oak furniture that will last.  Among those lengths is the sawmilling of their own lumber. Trees are felled, …

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How to Tell Red Oak From White Oak Lumber

How to Tell Red Oak From White Oak Lumber

Sometimes the answers to questions are pretty obvious in the asking.  This might be one of them:  “What is the difference between red oak and white oak?” That obvious answer is in the color, of course.  But it’s a bit …

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