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Ash Wood

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ash wood
DESCRIPTION Ash heartwood is a grayish-brown, sometimes with a red tinge. It is generally straight grained and coarse, but with a smooth texture.
Weight ranges from about 35lbs to 41lbs per cu. ft.
COUNTRY OF
ORIGIN
North America
BOTANICAL NAME Fraxinus Americana
OTHER NAMES White Ash, Green Ash, Red Ash, Black Ash, Brown Ash
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES Bending properties vary, but are generally very good. It has good strength, toughness, stiffness and hardness for it's relatively light weight.
WORKING PROPERTIES Moderate blunting effect on cutters, but can be worked fairly well with hand or power tools. Pre-drilling required for nailing in the harder Ashes. Stains, glues and polishes well.
DURABILITY Ash is non-durable and perishable. The sapwood is susceptible to attack by powder post and common furniture beetles. Heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment and sapwood is permeable.
SEASONING Dries rapidly with little degradation. Small movement.
USES White Ash is used extensively in sporting goods, bats, oars, pool cues, tool handles, cabinet work, high-class joinery, plywood, paneling and veneer.
COMMENTS American Ash is generally divided into 3 categories or species. They are usually segregated into "tough" and "soft" grades.

Ash Lumber

janka hardness: 1320
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Ash

4/4
Small Quantities: $3.20
200+ bd ft: $2.70
500+ bd ft: Call for Pricing

Ash

5/4
Small Quantities: $3.40
200+ bd ft: Call for Pricing
500+ bd ft: Call for Pricing

Ash

8/4
Small Quantities: $3.90
200+ bd ft: $3.70
500+ bd ft: Call for Pricing
> All Prices Are Subject To Change Without Notice <

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Above: Ash wood bookcase/fireplace surround built by Rob Pelc.  Ash is similar to Red Oak just lighter in color.  It also has a more pronounced cathedral grain pattern.

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Tommy Jr. says:

The Ash Wood fireplace / bookcase that is shown above is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I would love to upgrade the fireplace in my living room to solid ash wood. Thanks for the great ideas! You guys never fail to stir up my imagination…

Al says:

Species: White Ash Lumber
Also great for rockers on Rocking horses won't crack (like oak (has a tendancy too))!

 

Terry says:

Species: Ash [Brown or White] makes excellent longbows.

Tom R says:

Species: Ash Its great for making toboggans to!