Red Oak 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Red Oak 8/4 Lumber

$7.49 /Board Feet

1-99 $7.49 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $5.62 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
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Board Foot Cheat Sheet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Red Oak lumber comes in random widths and lengths, with a uniform thickness.
Here's what you can expect:
1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 10" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this wood.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range.
  • Request special width selection using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form.
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

6' to 14' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock at any given time. But there are some things to know:

No Minimum Purchase
We're easy to buy from! That means we can cut you a short piece(s) from long boards if you want.

Length Shipping Restrictions

The most widely used hardwood in North America is Red Oak. You'll see it in fine cabinetry, furniture, flooring, and numerous household fixtures and accessories. Red Oak is plentiful, great to work with, yet hard and durable enough for rigid furniture and other finished projects.

About Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Weight

3.58

lbs /Bd. Ft.
Hardness

1290

Janka Rating
Density

0.64

Specific Gravity

General Workability
Average 5/10

Wood Texture
Coarse 7/10

Ease of Finishing
Average 5/10

map of where Red Oak tree grows
Red Oak is a domestic wood from North America

Straight grain with a coarse texture. Generally works and finished well but timbers from the Northern growing region will be more consistent in color and have a finer texture. Large open pores produce distinctive grain.

color of Red Oak
Color Range
Light brown with a reddish tinge.
the Red Oak tree
What's The Tree Like?
The most common hardwood in North America. The tree matures at about 70 feet in height and a trunk of 36".
other names for Red Oak
Other Names
Northern red oak, Red oak, Gray oak, American red oak, Canadian red oak
uses for Red Oak
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, floors, accessories, shop jigs, utility projects, interior millwork, molding, mantles, chairs, trim

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our article if you want the full explanation.

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
4.9
out of 5
5 (16)
4 (0)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.9
out of 5
5 (16)
4 (0)
3 (1)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
17 Total Reviews
July 13, 2018
5 out of 5
Red Iak 8/4
Review by  Michael  from Sacramento
Beautiful wood expect to create many jewelry boxes. Very clean, little or no defects to work around.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 10, 2018
5 out of 5
red oak
Review by  t2trains from Philadelphia,Pa
ordered red oak 8/4 X 3 1/2 for home project
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 7, 2018
5 out of 5
Retired
Review by  Denny from Missouri
Was just what I ordered. Had a knot in the wood, but I worked around it.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
July 22, 2017
5 out of 5
Red Oak Purchase
Review by  Anonymous 
Good quality lumber. Arrived in good condition.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
April 4, 2017
5 out of 5
Ring for marble table
Review by  Anonymous 
Built an oak ring in a16 segment circle to frame a marble top.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
March 15, 2017
5 out of 5
Baptismal Font
Review by  Dan Elkins from
The Red Oak I ordered was great and arrived before I thought it would. I will recommend your company to everyone who enjoys woodworking projects.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
17 Total Reviews
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