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Posted on white oak verses red oak

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 02:20 AM

“The pores found in the growth rings on red oak are very open and porous, and should be easily identifiable. White oak, however, has its pores plugged with tyloses, which help make white oak suitable for water-tight vessels, and give it increased resistance to rot and decay.”
And to add to dbray45’s comment, and dispute Waldschrat’s, red oak does have tanic acid in it, because it will darken with exposure to ammonia fumes. It’s just not a pleasing color.

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