Red oak is still one of the most popular and plentiful hardwoods in the market. For years it has been one of the most widely used species for things such as furniture, fine cabinetry, mouldings and flooring. It is also one of the most requested hardwoods for export which continues to keep it in high demand on a global basis.
By far, the majority of red oak that we provide to our customers is in random width bundles. However, as our customer’s application require, we also width sort red oak to help improve manufacturing lumber yields. We do not only do this in the 4/4 thickness, we also do this on a regular basis on 6/4 or 8/4 as well.
What is new here is over the last few years, American Lumber has increased its production of 6/4 red oak throughout or system. We have found that for our sawmills to operate efficiently more 6/4 red oak needed to be produced to truly maximize the value of the hardwood logs. Since this is the case, we are now able to now offer width sorted 6/4 red oak on a more regular basis without impacting the general random width and length products we regularly distribute.
Specific to 6/4 red oak products, we find that manufacturers of doors, stair rails and balusters would see great value in receiving s specific width sort of 6/4 red oak to produce their products. Whether it be an 8” width sort for door manufacturers, a 6” width sort for hand rail makers or even a wide sort such as 9” or 10” and wider for a very special application could be extremely valuable in certain instances. We have also seen moulding manufactures see value in combining a specific width sort of 6/4 red oak with longer lengths, such as 12’, 14’ or 16’ which overtime is something we can provide.
If you think you can benefit from width sorted red oak, in any thickness, let us know. Perhaps we would be able to help you!