Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Red Stair Oak Treads

Red Oak usually has a light brown to a dark brown coloring that runs into reddish brown grains. For the most part, Oak has Straight grains, but there can be interesting variations, especially in veneer's and veneer plywood's.


If you're looking for an excellent lumber to use for your stair treads, you found. I haven't found any statistics, but it wouldn't be hard to imagine, that Red Oak is one of the most popular stair treads, used through out the United States.

Gluing = Excellent, I've never had a problem with gluing Oak and one time I even tried to break a few joints in half, but ended up splitting one of the boards, instead. The glue joints never even separated and I didn't use any wood dowels or biscuits.

Sanding = Good, since it is a hardwoods, it's hard to sand, but well worth the effort. Try to avoid over sanding, otherwise you could create a wavy surface. The grains of the wood are usually harder than the areas in between them and could create problems, with your finish.

Staining = Great, this was one of my favorites woods to work with and it can be stained in a variety of different colors.

Nailing = Difficult, the harder woods are simply harder to nail and almost impossible to screw through, without pre-drilling holes for your nails or screws.

Wear And Tear = Excellent, Red Oak is one of the more popular woods used by stair builders and finish carpenters. Since it's one of the harder hardwoods, it will usually last a little on for than the softer ones.

Janka Hardness Scale = 1290


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