Ash: Domestic Hardwood

Ash Lumber is classified as a domestic wood and is sometimes referred to as White Ash, Green Ash, Red Ash, Black Ash, or Brown Ash. The heartwood of Ash is a grayish brown but sometimes has a red tinge to it. It is usually straight grained with a smooth texture.

Ash is generally used for sporting goods, bats, oars, pool cues, tool handles, cabinetwork, furniture making, high-class joinery, plywood, paneling, and veneer. Its bending qualities can vary but it has good strength, stiffness, and hardness considering it is relatively lightweight. It also stains, glues, and polishes well.

Ash has a Janka hardness of 1320.

Characteristics

Origin of Wood TypeEastern U.S.
Botanical NameFraxinus Americana
Specific Gravity.64
Avg. Weight Per BF3.5 pounds
Color RangeWhite cream sapwood, heartwood can be brown
Rarity / AvailabilityReadily available, but Emerald Ash Borer may make supply scarce soon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 12 inches wide
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet long
Avg. Waste Factor25 percent
Wood UsesAll woodworking applications, baseball bats, drawers, tool handles
Lumber GradesRustic, 2 common, 1 common
Other Trade Names White Ash, American Ash, Ash

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