New growth oak is the "clean" version of a reclaimed oak table and is typically less expensive to source and make, while still having a lot of character. There are no nail holes or saw marks of course, and these tables require very little epoxy or none at all. They are typically lighter shades but occasionally have dark spots. Small splits and knots are typical. The grain is primarily straight, but can also have swirl or wave patterns. Oak is durable and hard which is why it is such a popular choice for butcher block countertops, tables, and cutting boards.