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#1 posted 07-18-2011 04:25 PM

Jim: Red oak is more porous than white oak. I haven’t worked a lot of white oak either, but the difference in weight is likely reflective of that. From a hardness standpoint, they are similar however.

Edit: “Porous” is probably a bad term. Truth is that they can be difficult to tell apart, but it’s been said that white oak has more blockage on the pores. I’d reason that it could cause the difference you feel in weight. Or, perhaps it’s just a difference in moisture content?

Funny, but it’s not likely most of us have equal sized samples of both woods on hand!

-- jay,

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