Best Results for Woodworking with OAK Wood

Best Results for Woodworking with OAK Wood

Oak wood might be the best overall woodworking wood you can find; it is readily available, among the better priced exotic woods, lends itself to pocket holes, mortise, and tenon, dowels, or floating tenon joinery, and when it comes to finishes, it is equally acceptable to paint stains or dyes and readily takes all sorts of finishes like polyurethane, varnish, lacquer, or hardening oils like Osmo or Rubio Monocoat and no matter what we do with it, it always looks great, a perfect wood from everything from oak flooring to oak cabinetry and oak furniture, all you need to do is get some and try it.
In this video, we’ll look at the difference between hardwood and softwood.
Working with oak is generally the same, no matter what species you have, be it white oak, red oak, post oak, or live oak.

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  1. Corey Grua on July 31, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Practical, real-world experience…shared with the real-world of woodworkers. Gracias!

  2. Jon Whitehead on July 31, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Very nice and informative!

  3. jmtmd on July 31, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Colin – as you apply your finish, it makes sense to avoid the end grain with dowel connections, but how do you avoid finish on the legs at the point of glue up? Do you find that impacts your glue up and joint strength? Thanks for all your video tips.

  4. s3m4jno5w4d on July 31, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    ‘Stacked vertically’, recoils in horror

  5. Ma Fr on July 31, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    „They are happy to show you“. In Germany they hide from you because of no service culture.. 😅

  6. Darin on July 31, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    thank you sir

  7. Donald Cone on July 31, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Did you glue it? How do you stain all sides at the same time without one side contacting the bench or tarp?

  8. Tom on July 31, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Hi! Thanks for this video. Nice job as usual.
    Can somebody send me. Link where Colin explain clearly how does he uses the blue tape please ?

  9. Chevrolet Diesel Nation on July 31, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    i got a piece of scrap oak that i can try the water thing

  10. Old Farmer on July 31, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    I have a question about the Dowelmax. It appears that it does not center the holes. Whereas, Grizzly offers a similar product that automatically centers the holes. Which is a better choice? I enjoy, and look forward to your videos.

  11. ibrahim Naguib on July 31, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Many thanks from Egypt

  12. Jay Lea on July 31, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Where did you get the dowel jig?

  13. Salty Anchor on July 31, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    few spare bucks? The hard back is $284 lol.

  14. Garviel Loken on July 31, 2022 at 11:21 pm


  15. Berry Conway on July 31, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I’d like to make a couple of comments. I was a bit disappointed that you didn’t provide much info directly relating to working with oak. I find that the grain is so open that to get that "finished feel" I need to use a filler, especially on the top, or surfaces I know will be touched. Then you put on finish before glue-up. Interesting decision. But the tiny bit you showed us, a stretcher, is very easy to apply finish and not put on the glue surface, but the legs, that would be much harder. Did you mask off all those joints? And then the Dowelmax. Now I love my Dowelmax and have used it, but I suspect purists may give you grief over it’s use. Thanks.

  16. IVRY on July 31, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    You talk too much !!!

  17. John Thompson on July 31, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    What type of pad do you use with Osmo and where to buy in Ontario??? I have bought a few of their products from LV and have been using a rag but would like the pads

  18. Ian Hendrie on July 31, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Red oak is not used for boatbuilding because of its porosity

  19. AeonCatalyst on July 31, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    So you use the undersized dowels for dry assembly, and then regular dowels for final assembly?

  20. Hardnox on July 31, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Nice video. In my experience, unfinished white oak has a slight greenish hue whereas red oak has a pinkish hue. It’s difficult to see unless you have both on hand for comparison. I use the Dowelmax jig too. It is the best doweling jig on the market but it is very expensive, yet worth the investment.

  21. MC's Creations on July 31, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Beautiful work, Colin! Really nice! 😃
    Thanks for all the tips!
    Stay safe there with your family! 🖖😊

  22. Gunnar Arndt on July 31, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    A remarkable amount of information in a short video – great job!

  23. kase kasee on July 31, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Hi انا معجب بعمالك روعه جميل جدا

  24. S Wood on July 31, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Since I live far from N-Am I don’t know much about white (Quercus alba) and red oak (Q. rubra). However, from what I once learned, looking at end grain is universally the most common "tool" to speciate wood species (though I personally used a whole set of other characteristics when I worked in tropical rainforests with species identification and there were up to 120 different timber species/hectare).

    A quick search on the net took me to a site where it explained the difference in wood ray lengths (tangential view I assume):
    *Red oak* will almost always have very short rays, usually between 1/8″ to 1/2″ long, rarely up to 1″ in length.

    *White oak* have much longer rays, frequently exceeding 3/4″.

    (the site also mentioned spraying the wood with sodium nitrate – NaNO2 – but that’s something ppl usually never carry around).

    So next time, ask the guy in the store, then look at the rays and see if there are any difference.

  25. Splash111 on July 31, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Great video, although I’m not an Oak fan at all…I enjoyed your knowledge. I don’t like the way it looks –alway reminds me of church pews., and just has little character to me. Personal opinion of course.

  26. Norman Ramsey on July 31, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I love the idea of some videos specific to particular species, but I was disappointed to feel that very little of what I saw was at all specific to oak.

  27. Тамара Орлова on July 31, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Beautiful, Thanks. Влад.

  28. сергей новиков on July 31, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Прикольный такой мужик, жаль что ничего не понятно

  29. Peter Fong on July 31, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks again.👍

  30. Thai Mai Shua on July 31, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    great video, i enjoy it. Also just sub. to your channel.

  31. Indrin on July 31, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Great video thank you for sharing.

  32. John Roth on July 31, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Is there a solid top for the cushion?

  33. Sethuraman Nagarajan on July 31, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Don’t show how you can joint the wood by making dowel it’s just disappointed me

  34. Borescoped on July 31, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Colin, have you tried Odie’s Oil for finishing your projects yet? If you haven’t, would you consider trying it and doing a video on it?

  35. Thomas Zaccone on July 31, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    If you use through dowels for decorative effect, are they as strong?

  36. Ray Mitchell on July 31, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Great Video Colin, that Red Oak demo was a mind blower… or in this case a water blower LOL! Can you clarify something for me: Were the undersized dowels used only for the dry fit and then you switch over to regular-sized dowels for the glue-up? or.. do you always use undersized dowels for a specific reason? The video jumped to the next step at that point, and left me wondering.

  37. Farrier on July 31, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Colin! Colin! How could you make a vid’ about working with oak, without mentioning the different cuts and the effects they produce?
    You only have to compare the figuring between plain sawn and quarter cut, to understand what I’m talking about.
    I’d also argue that decent oak deserves a decent joint. Unlike dowels, decent oak joints will last centuries.
    Huh! Hark at me talking about quarter cut oak, as if; not being commercial; I could afford to use it. 😭

  38. JB on July 31, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Great video. Thank you sir.

  39. Gary Holtfreter on July 31, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Colin , I was just wondering your thoughts on why the lumber prices have sky rocketed ? Seems everything is rising in price without any more quality than before. Us home retired woodworkers will have unplug our saws. Thanks for the informative videos.

  40. Doug Fuhrman on July 31, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Colin, love your channel….I have learned so much. Do you have a link to your doweling jig. Thank you for your great work. Doug

  41. Bill K. on July 31, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Seeing the glue up would have been great Colin.

  42. TC C on July 31, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Since you prefinished the parts what did you do with the matted parts when time to glue? Did you have to tape off the legs? Then is squeeze out easy to clean since surrounding area would be finished?

  43. Martin Feros on July 31, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Hi Colin,
    I was wanting if it’s possible to construct the small tiber Stoll that you made with pocket hole journey system.
    Thanks Martin.

  44. Marcenaria hobby 7 pallet on July 31, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Parabéns ficou show 🇧🇷💯

  45. Larry B on July 31, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Colin, I thought this was going to be about OAK, but I was pretty disappointed in this video, in that it was NOT about oak! You could have done the exact same video on any wood whatsoever. I use oak when I want a more reasonably priced hardwood, but, frankly, I find it very difficult to work without getting burn marks, and was hoping to get some ideas from your video…but other than "be sure your tools are sharp", you offered nothing at all. And, BTW, yes, I know that and I also know that one wants to feed material through the cutting edge fairly quickly and smoothly, etc….but I still often get burn marks from table saw or router.

  46. Bob Heatwole on July 31, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Enjoyed the video, I would like to see more of your build videos and maybe fewer "tips and tricks". I like using dowels for joinery and avoid using screws like the plague.

  47. Steve Ewart on July 31, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Such a coincidence. I am making the exact same thing foot stool using oak. I was in the shop today drilling the dowels.

  48. Ian Allan on July 31, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Love Osmo but you apply with no pressure?

  49. I Love Taylor Swift on July 31, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Looked really nice at the end 🙂

  50. rob .c on August 1, 2022 at 12:03 am

    What’s the name of the jig you’re using and where can I purchase it?