Shown below with water-based finish (top),
Color: Heartwood is light to dark reddish brown, lustrous; sapwood is light brown to pale with a light pinkish tone. Some flooring manufacturers steam lumber to bleed the darker heartwood color into the sapwood, resulting in a more uniform color.
Hardness (Janka): 950; 26% softer than Northern Red Oak.
Sawing / Machining: Good machining qualities.
(Relative to plainsawn select Red Oak.)