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  • QSWO vs QSRO

    Is there a big difference between quarter sawn red vs white oak?

    What are the differences?

    It seems mission furniture is typically made of QWSO; why is this?

    Thanks,
    Jeff

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    Re: QSWO vs QSRO

    When cut quarter sawn, oak has a visual appears with "rays" and flecks of color variation.

    The preponderance of these rays and what-not is much higher and more pronounced in White Oak than in Red Oak.

    See here: http://site.woodstore.net/Images/192/pr_30l.jpg
    The sort of off-white/yellowish "squiggles" are the rays. That table is made of QSWO.

    Another difference is outdoor utility. White oak is considered a great choice for outdoor projects (and wine making barrels, FYI). Red oak is considered an awful choice, due to its extremely large pores and propensity to crack and rot fast.

    The other big difference is price. QSWO is more expensive than QSRO. However, QSRO can be used as a passable alternative for most projects.

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